MERGE No jeepneys were seen plying the major thoroughfares of Bacolod City during the transport strike yesterday.* (Marchel Espina photo)


‘Strike halts almost 100%
of public transportation’
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA & SHIELA G. GELERA

Almost 100 percent of Bacolod City’s major routes were paralyzed yesterday with jeepney drivers and operators joining the nationwide strike to protest the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program of the government, Diego Malacad, secretary-general of the United Negros Drivers Operators Center, said.

Malacad said a few drivers plied their routes, but at around 8:30 a.m., no more jeepneys were seen in the major thoroughfares.

Protesters and drivers also converged at the seven rally centers established in the key areas of the city. They capped their strike with a protest at the Fountain of Justice in the afternoon. moremoremore


LTFRB poised to cancel franchises
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

“We will cancel the franchises of owners of public utility vehicles who joined the transportation strike,” LTFRB 6 Regional Director Richard Osmeña said yesterday.

The LTFRB will issue show cause orders to those who participated in the strike to enable them to respond in the spirit of due process, he said.

“If found with the proof we have that they really joined the strike then we will cancel their franchises,” he said. moremoremore

 

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DoF hit for sugar import stand
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Sugar Watch Philippines assailed the Department of Finance for formally proposing the implementation of sugar import liberalization to make the industry competitive and at par with its neighboring nations.

SWP secretary-general, Wennie Sancho, said yesterday that the move of the agency had “ sent shivers to the spines of sugar farmers and workers. ”

He claimed that the unfolding of this disastrous economic event is being pushed by food processors and industrial users , as domestic sugar prices are double the world prices.