[On the 29th EDSA anniv] MRT-LRT fare hike and privatization slammed anew

23 Feb

In its weekly protest against MRT and LRT fare hikes, commuter group Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network commemorated the 29th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power by calling on the Aquino government to rollback MRT and LRT fares and to stop the privatization of the country’s railway system.

In a protest they called “EDSA para sa masa”, RILES network claimed that the fare hikes and the privatization of the MRT and LRT is in contrast with what the Filipino people have fought for in the People Power uprising.

“The fare hikes and the privatization of the MRT and LRT are against the interest of the riding public and the entire Filipino people. By increasing fares without consultations and by handing over public utilities to private businesses, the Aquino government and his private big capitalist cohorts are imposing their dictatorial rule over the riding public” Sammy Malunes, RILES Network spokesperson said.

RILES also asked commuters from different MRT and LRT stations to show their protest against the fare hike and privatization by signing in their petition aiming to gather 1 million signatures calling on the Aquino government to rollback MRT-LRT fares and to stop the privatization of the country’s railway system.

“We call on our fellow commuters to relive the spirit of EDSA. We must unite as a nation against the Aquino government’s dictatorial imposition of the anti-people fare hike. We must unite and fight Aquino’s sellout of the LRT and MRT which puts private gains over public interests” Malunes said.

The commuter group meanwhile slammed the Aquino government for allowing the Metro Rail Transit Corporation and its private maintenance service provider APT Global to profit from neglecting commuters’ safety and protection and blamed the recent accidents in the MRT on the privatized setting of the country’s railway system.

“The recent consecutive accidents in the MRT are clearly resulted by the Aquino government’s criminal neglect for the riding public. It allowed its private big business partners to make a milking cow out of the railway system even if it means undermining commuters’ safety” said Malunes.

RILES claimed that as the MRT-LRT fare hike continues to burden the riding public, more and more commuters are joining their weekly protests and vowed that these protests will continue until the Aquino government heed their demand to rollback fares and stop the privatization of the MRT and LRT. ###

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