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The Manila Times : Transport groups rally behind BBM

News & Interviews
21 October 2021

By Javier Joe Ismael | The Manila Times

VARIOUS transport groups pledged their support to the presidential bid of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Transport group leaders recently met with PFP Secretary General Thompson Lantion and Executive Vice President Vic Rodriguez to declare their support for Marcos.

Among the transport groups represented in the meeting were Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda), Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines, Philippine Confederation of Drivers and Operators–Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (PCDO-ACTO), Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas, Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines, and Tiger in Asia.

"Para sa akin dapat lumingon ka at tingnan ang nakaraan. Tingnan nating ang mga nagawa ni Presidente Marcos. Naniniwala kami na maraming magagawang maganda si BBM (Bongbong Marcos) para sa bansa. Magtulong-tulong tayo para sa pagbabago dahil siya ang makakapagdala ng unification (To me, one should look back and see the past. Let us look at the accomplishment of President Marcos. We believe that BBM can do a lot of beautiful things for the country. Let us join hands for change because he can lead us to unification)," said Pasang Masda National President Obet Martin.

PCDO-ACTO National President Liberty de Luna lamented that the public transport drivers have been neglected amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying many of them were forced to beg in the streets after the Department of Transportation closed many routes they used to ply.

"Naniniwala kami na si BBM ang may malasakit sa mga drivers and operators (We believe that BBM cares for drivers and operators)," she said.

Rodriguez, also Marcos' chief of staff and PFP campaign manager, assured the transport leaders that Marcos is committed to developing a clear and fair policy for the transport sector through extensive consultation with different stakeholders.