Bicol transport groups being harassed from joining strike

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LEGAZPI CITY, Albay Province – The Duterte Administration its pressing its knuckles on harassing the nationwide transport strike on Monday and Tuesday, November 25-26.

In Sorsogon Province, LTFRB sent the Sorsogon Transport Federation a “show cause order” last week in order to explain before the court its reason on why the transport group had joined a successful strike launched on September 30, dubbed as the National Coordinated Transport Strike.

In Catanduanes Province, two intelligence officers on Wednesday, (Nov 20), went to the house of the president of Federation of Virac Tricycle Operator and Driver Associations, and pressed him for information regarding names of local members of PISTON, a nationwide transport group. On Saturday (Nov 23), this time, two policemen visited the transport official and insisted to attend a federation meeting to talk with members. As of presstime, two transport leaders are under surveillance, including their residences.

Strike organizers said state operatives are harassing and intimidating transport groups from joining the nationwide transport strike on Monday.

Meanwhile, Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels, public and private, in anticipation of the transport strike scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

However, office work in the Legazpi City government will continue, its service vehicles being readied to transport their personnel to and from their work stations. [Bicol Today]

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