Duterte to meet with jeepney drivers, operators over modernization plan

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte ascertained to also meet with jeepney drivers and operators who conducted a transport strike last Monday opposing the planned phase-out of old jeepneys.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, the Chief Executive made the statement when he spoke with labor group leaders last Monday night.

“The President also assured the workers group that he would be holding a separate meeting with the jeepney strikers who held a national strike on the controversial plan to phase out old jeepneys,” he said.

Nonetheless, the palace is yet to state details as to when the meeting will be held.

This delighted leaders of the transport groups, and they hope that they could personally put across their grievances to the President.

“We really wish to have an audience with the President to make it clear to everyone why we oppose the plan,” said Stop and Go Coalition president, Jun Magno.

Leader of transport group Piston also welcomes the announcement, “This is a clear positive outcome of the strike. Umaasa kaming makikinig ang Pangulo (We are hoping that the President will listen to us).”

Aside from the issue on the phase-out of old jeepneys, the strikers also intend to open up their suggestions to the President on resolving traffic problems and their opposition to the enactment of tax reform measures. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue


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