Planned PUJ strike set for June 10-12

A transport group is set to organize a three-day strike next week to protest alleged harassment and apprehensions of drivers of public utility vehicles following the PUV consolidation deadline on April 30.

Manibela president Mar Valbuena announced that the transport strike will take place from June 10 to 12, coinciding with Independence Day ceremonies. The group also plans to conduct protest actions in front of government offices, particularly the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The transport group is urging the LTFRB to adhere to an apparent agreement in Congress, allowing jeepneys to operate without obstruction for a year. Members of Manibela claim they are being targeted by MMDA enforcers who seize their license plates and impound their vehicles for not being consolidated.

The group asserted that there is no official memorandum circular yet that mandates the apprehension of unconsolidated jeepneys. Valbuena raised concerns that drivers are receiving tickets for minor infractions even when they have not violated any traffic laws.

He emphasized that the Department of Transportation assured drivers of due process and the opportunity to continue operating their routes until the potential revocation of their franchise becomes final and executory. Manibela members are calling on the LTFRB to renew their provisional authority to operate despite the PUV consolidation deadline passing on April 30.

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