Were you affected by the jeepney strike today?
Jeepney drivers have been long burdened by incessant oil hikes that stem from the government’s policy of oil deregulation. It allows oil cartels to connive and set oil price at high rates.
To add, the Duterte administration is bent on imposing additional taxes on fuel products on top of the twelve percent (12%) value-added tax (VAT). Among the products covered are diesel, which will be imposed a tax of P6 per liter, as well as cooking gas and bunker fuel for generating electricity. These levies will hit not only jeepney drivers but the middle class and low-income earners as well.
Now they are threatened by the planned jeepney phaseout in the face of modernization. Only big companies can afford vehicle replacement and small operators will be edged out.
Instead of perceiving it as mere inconvenience, consider it as a reason to challenge the government’s neoliberal policies (i.e. deregulation and privatization).