Piston warns of nationwide strike vs. series of oil price hikes

February 19, 2013 11:15 pm 

By Samuel F. Martin

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 19 — Because of the latest round of oil price hikes, militant transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) on Tuesday admitted that they are now coordinating with their regional leaders to mount a nationwide transport strike.

PISTON president George San Mateo said oil price hike was the fifth in a week time putting more burdens on the drivers’ shoulders.

“Hindi magdadalawang-isip ang mga tsuper na maglunsad ng koordinadong pagkilos sa susunod na buwan lalo na’t walang ginagawa ang gobyernong Aquino sa mga nagdaang araw kundi mangampanya para sa kanyang mga kandidato sa Team Pnoy,” said San Mateo who admitted disturb over the recent oil price hike.

PISTON again conducted a noise barrage along Aurora Blvd. in Cubao to call the attention of the oil companies, especially the Big three about the seemingly never-ending oil price increases. The protesters also reminded the government of the 15-year-old issue on oil deregulation.

“Labing-limang taon na ang deregulasyon at labing-limang taon na ring nagpapasasa sa pera ng mga maliliit ng drayber ang mga kompanya na langis,” the PISTON official said.

San Mateo said they are wondering why oil companies have to hike oil prices when the dollar continues to be strong.

“Hilahod na ang mga drayber sa lingguhang pagsirit ng presyo ng langis pero hindi pa rin naaawa ang gobyernong Aquino. Kinukunsinti pa ng gobyerno kahit na ang trend dapat ay bumaba ang presyo ng mga inaangkat na produkto gaya ng petroloyo dahil sa pagbagsak ng halaga ng dolyar,” the PISTON leader said.

He added that the bullish economy should be felt down the line and improved the deteriorating lives of common people because of unabated oil price hike which affects prices of prime commodities. (PNA)

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