One million signatures vs. MRT-LRT fare hike vowed

16 Feb

10974515_10205375618342785_3821187813527334145_oCarrying on with protests against fare hikes in the MRT and LRT, a commuters’ group held pickets this morning at various train stations in Metro Manila to launch a signature drive for a rollback in fares and a stop to the train systems’ privatization.

The Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network said it hopes to gather one million signatures of MRT and LRT commuters which it will present before the Supreme Court, the Department of Transportation and Communications, and other government agencies.

It said it is working with other groups such as the Train Riders Network or TREN, youth groups Anakbayan and League of Filipino Students, and national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno for the signature drive.

“We are calling on the public to join protests against the MRT-LRT fare hikes by signing our petition. Let us show the Supreme Court and various government agencies that we are calling for a rollback in fares and a stop to the train systems’ privatization,” said Sammy Malunes, RILES Network spokesperson.

The group carried big cut-out letters spelling “TRO NOW!” as it called on the Supreme Court anew to act on the petition for a Temporary Restraining Order against the fare hikes, which it filed together with progressive organizations last January 5, the first Monday of the fare hikes’ implementation.

“As the Supreme Court continues to refuse to issue a TRO, we vow to present to the public more ways of participating in the protests. We call on the public to sustain our protests and continue to make our voices heard,” Malunes added.

The RILES Network said the Aquino government’s excuses for the fare hikes fail to convince the public as more and more people know about how the train systems’ privatization will benefit a few capitalists.

“We also vow to intensify our information and education drive in schools, communities, offices and factories. We trust that more people will speak up and join protests against the fare hike because this is not about improving the train systems’ services, but about ensuring the profits of a few big capitalists,” Malunes stated.###


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