PSE to File Economic Sabotage Case Against Piston for the Nationwide Strike

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) through Secretary Arthur Tugade revealed in an interview with a national daily that he supported the filing of an economic sabotage case against the group of jeepney operators and drivers whose two-day strike against the administration of Pres. Duterte for the government fleet modernization plan forced the PSE to shut down.

According to PSE director, Vivian Locsin, who texted Sec. Art Tugade: “Piston should be charged with economic sabotage. Imagine us losing business today. Change their old jeeps. That’s good for environment.”

Piston, or Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide, claimed to have paralyzed 90 percent of transportation nationwide, and 100 percent in some areas in Metro Manila and Luzon.

As part of the DOTr’s response to PSE for their planned case against Piston, Sec. Tugade described Piston as “selfish and small-minded.” Sec. Tugade added further that “We want the Filipino public to be safe and have better transport system. Change is hard but must be done,” Tugade said.

Sec. Tugade and PSE director Vivian Locsin’s exchange of text messages was shared by Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez to reporters.

According to Piston Chief George San Mateo, their two-day national strike was a huge success despite the decision of Pres. Duterte to suspend classes and government work on Monday and Tuesday.

Aside from Piston the group “No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition claimed that over 90 percent or 225,000 out of the estimated 250,000 jeepney units nationwide participated on the first day of the strike.

Piston also denied earlier allegations that there’s a destabilization plot against the Duterte administration. He was quoted as saying “We’re always for safe, affordable mass transport. The government needs to understand that this is also for the passengers,” Mateo added.

Source: The Manila Times

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