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The Manila Times : Jeepney drivers, operators back BBM

News & Interviews
26 October 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

THE leaders of the jeepney sector on Monday said they are confident that their lives will improve under former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. if he gets elected president in 2022.

Different transportation groups voiced their allegiance and support to Marcos' presidential bid.

"Ang nagustuhan namin kay Bongbong Marcos, siya ay may puso at 'di marunong bumato ng putik (What we like about Bongbong Marcos is that he has a heart and does not engage in black propaganda)," said Orlando Marquez, Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators ng Pilipinas (LTOP) national president.

"That's why we encourage everyone [to support his candidacy] because he will prioritize our fund in the Public Transport Consumers Tax Bill," he said in Filipino. "This will be a big help because this is where we'll get our funds for the continued [jeepney] modernization."

He said that Marcos wanted jeepney drivers to own decent homes. "He will also set up livelihood programs for the wives of drivers to uplift the quality of lives of our drivers."

During his meeting with the transport sector groups, he said that the modernization of jeepneys will continue without compromising their classic design, which is part of the Philippine heritage.

He pushed for the inclusion of transportation groups in public consultations to prevent them from suffering from unfair ordinances and penalties issued by the national and local government.

Marquez said Marcos had told him that jeepneys must remain on the streets.

"That's why all LTOP members in the entire Philippines have declared that we are for Bongbong Marcos because we need progress," he said.

Marcos, according to Roberto "Ka Obet" Martin, Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda) national president, "is the only candidate who showed better programs for the transportation sector giving him an edge from other candidates."

"That's why we supported his good intentions and we are hoping all that has been discussed [with him] will be implemented once he wins [the presidency] in 2022," he continued.