Transport strike generally peaceful – PNP

AROUND 1,000 activists led by a militant transport group staged a transport holiday and a rally near Malacanang Palace on Thursday, March 31, to protest the continued increases of oil products.

Monitoring by the the PNP’s central operations center in Camp Crame said that the rally appeared to be peaceful and the transport strike did not affect the movement of commuters in Metro Manila.

National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Director Nicanor Bartolome, said 500 police personnel, backed by fire trucks, ambulances and a tow truck, are deployed at Mendiola.

PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that a total of 116 vehicles from the police, military, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were on standby to assist commuters when needed.

About 64 public utility vehicles – FX taxis and jeepneys – joined the protesters in their call to repeal the Oil Deregulation Law and the 12-percent Value Added Tax on oil and the imposition of price controls on fuel products. Anthony Vargas

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