Friday, July 10, 2009

All set for transport strike in the Philippines, organizers say

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 10, 2009) - Militant drivers' group Transmision Piston and its allied organizations said they will join a nationwide transport strike on Monday to protest high prices of fuel.

Organizers said the government failed to stop the continued increase in oil prices and overpricing of fuel products. They also assailed government orders which mandate higher and exorbitant fines for drivers.

The protests will be held simultaneously in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Panay, Guimaras, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos cities.

Edil Gonzaga, Transmision spokesperson, said: “We and the public have long been suffering from the incessant price increases and the resultant increases in the basic comodities and services.”

Several militant and progressive groups are expected to join the protests and among them are the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kadamay and the Kilusang Mayo Uno. (Mindanao Examiner)

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