Bus operators in Cavite strike face sanctions
MANILA – Bus operators who took part in a "tigil-pasada" strike on Tuesday will face sanctions, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino said.
Passengers at the Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal were stranded before noon after some bus drivers and conductors refused to ply their routes to and from Naic, Tanza, Ternate and Maragondon in Cavite.
Tolentino said about 20% of the bus drivers held a noise barrage at the station to show their protest over the new bus hub.
The operators are claiming that they are losing money because of the integrated terminal.
Tolentino said the other 80% continued with their routes.
“Hindi naman sila nagtagumpay ng 100% dahil siguro alam ng iba na ang mape-perwisyo dito ay ang mga mananakay lang,” Tolentino told dzMM.
Some of the operators denied that they organized a strike on Tuesday, saying it was the decision of the drivers and conductors.
Tolentino, however, doubts this.
“Hindi naman siguro kikilos ang mga driver at kunduktor ng hindi alam ng operator. Ayaw lang nila idawit ‘yung sarili nila,” he said.
“Hindi dapat palampasin ito dahil madaming naabala kanina,” he added.
Tolentino also said that around 11 a.m., they caught an individual claiming to be a bus conductor paying off drivers at the terminal to join them in the strike.
“Hindi na ito gawain ng isang responsableng operator,” said Tolentino.
The MMDA chief denied that bus operators are losing money because of the integrated hub.
He said only colorum vehicles are at a disadvantage because they are not allowed to enter the terminal.