Manila Standard : Transport groups throw support behind Marcos

20 October 2021

By Rey E. Requejo | Manila Standard

Various sea, air, and land-based transport groups have thrown their full support to the presidential bid of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who they considered the transport sector’s “best bet” in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Heads and other officials of big transport groups met with PRP officials Gen. Thompson Lantion and lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Secretary-General and Executive Vice President, respectively, to discuss integration with the party to formalize their support.

The groups included Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda); Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP); Philippine Confederation of Drivers and Operators – Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (PCDO-ACTO); Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP); Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP); and Tiger in Asia.

“For me you should turn around and look at the past. Let’s look at the achievements of [the late] Pres. [Ferdinand] Marcos. We believe that BBM can do a lot for the country. Let’s work together for meaningful change because he can bring unification,” Pasang Masda National President Obet Martin said.

For her part, Liberty De Luna, ACTO national president, lamented thatpublic transport drivers have been neglected and are still badly inneed of assistance amid the continued fight against COVID-19.

De Luna added that a large number of drivers have been forced to begin the streets because they could not yet resume their trade as the Department of Transportation has yet to reopen all the routes they used to ply.

“We believe that BBM cares about drivers and operators,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez, who is also Marcos’s chief of staff and PFP campaign manager, assured them that while a continuing study is needed to resolve the very complicated problems in the transport sector, the presidential aspirant would come up with a clear and fair policy after extensive consultation with different stakeholders.