Transport Group: Expect Traffic “Disobedience” on Monday’s Strike – Irony?

MANILA, Philippines — Transport group PISTON said on Friday to expect traffic “disobedience” on Monday’s scheduled strike.

“It is our belief that the government is not doing enough to alleviate the impact of increasing oil price in our country. On top of that, the dialog held the other day with President Aquino was proved to be unfruitful,” PISTON secretary-general George San Mateo said.  Muddleheaded-ness was the term used to describe the President’s order to review the oil deregulation law.

In order to drive the message across, jeepney drivers who will participate on Monday’s strike according to San Mateo would not follow traffic rules & regulation. “For one day, our drivers would drive erratically, disregard traffic signs, beat the red light, accelerate at blistering speeds, pump much more smoke from the exhaust, and make sudden stops on inappropriate spots around the Metro, just to name a few.”

He added: “Our drivers & members will also drive along the city and suddenly stop  when they are “oppositely paralleled” with another jeepney. From there, driver A will hand a fifty peso bill to driver B. In exchange, driver B will hand driver A fifty pesos worth of coins.” “If our calculations are correct, this cycle would approximately last around 3 to 5 minutes depending on the denominations handed. Higher denomination would mean longer time driver’s spend on a standstill.  If all our members repeat this cycle throughout Monday’s protest, we believe that it would hinder the majority of the motorist around the metro.”

Certain transport groups like Pasang Masda will not participate on Monday’s strike. “We have decided to wait for Malacańang’s next move after our dialog with the them last Monday. We believe that our demands cannot be met overnight, so we have decided to wait and opt-out of the transport protest. ”

“We believe that PISTON’s planned actions on Monday are not unbecoming of a jeepney driver and shows the true color of certain groups. With that said, we will  continue  our service to the public and continue with our driving and traffic routines. That is driving erratically, disregarding traffic signs, beating the red light, accelerating at blistering speeds, pumping much more smoke from the exhaust, and making sudden stops on inappropriate spots around the Metro, just to name a few,” a member of Pasang Masda added.

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