MANILA, Philippines — Traditionally well-behaved and disciplined public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers announced today that they will be holding a transport caravan to protest the increased fines and fees for traffic violations recently announced by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
The ironically named ‘Stop and Go Coalition‘, whose members can definitely follow simple traffic signals such as ‘stop‘ and ‘go‘; announced that their transport caravan will be held on Thursday, June 19.
But George San Mateo, leader of PISTON, was quick to point out that it is not a transport strike, for fear that labeling it as such would prod the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to revoke their franchises afterwards.
“Hindi ito tigil pasada. Inuulit ko, hindi ito tigil pasada,” said San Mateo. “Makikita nyo pa rin naman kami sa mga lansangan sa Huwebes na nagdudulot ng matinding traffic at sakit ng ulo,” describing in a nutshell what private commuters already perceives them on a regular basis.
PUV driver’s, who are known to follow every traffic rules and regulations to a T; are expected to be forced against their will on Thursday, to cause chaos on the streets just to get their message across and gain public sympathy.
“Baka may maabala kaming mga ibang commuters sa Huwebes, at ngayon palang humihingi na kami ng paumanhin,” said Mang Rey, a PUV driver from Manila. “Ginagawa lang namin ‘to kasi kaming mga mababait at masunurin na drayber, na ni minsan ay hindi lumabag sa batas trapiko o nagdulot ng abala sa ibang motorista; ay balak pahirapan ng LTO at LTFRB.”
“Imbes na ayusin namin ang aming pagmamaneho para maiwasang mahuli at mapatawan ng mataas na multa, heto’t naisipan nalang namin na mag transport caravan,” he added.
Stay tuned for further developments.