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Drivers Holiday off to sputtering start

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Transport leaders and public jeepney operators failed in their attempt to dialog with Lone District Congressman Greg Gasataya today, 15 June 2022, after a miscommunication between the two parties.

The transport coalition’s request to sit down with the solon to discuss their concerns on the skyrocketting fuel prices and public utility vehicle modernization did not reach the congressman who had prior commitments today.

Pepito Pico. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan.
Pepito Pico. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan.

Pepito Pico, the transport coalition’s consultant and former DIWA partylist representative, spoke with Gasataya on the phone and told the media the dialog will be pushed back to tomorrow 10am.

Transport leader Diego Malacad said they wish to appeal the national government to defer the full implementation of the excise tax under the TRAIN laws 1, 2, and 3, and decreasing the 12 percent VAT on fuel to six.

Diego Malacad. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan.
Diego Malacad. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan.

Malacad had earlier said the holiday, a sort of voluntary strike, will last indefinitely.

He added they will not hesitate to ask for help from the other congressmen in the province if the highly-urbanized district solon is unable to address their petition.

Paula Mae Villarosa
Paula Mae Villarosa
Intern reporter from University of Saint La Salle - Bacolod.
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