Transport strike in Bacolod ‘peaceful’

SENIOR Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said the conduct of transport strike against the phase-out of old public utility vehicles Monday was peaceful.

Policemen were deployed in their respective areas of jurisdiction, but there were no reported major incidents related to the activity from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m., he said.

Although Wanky cited a slight tension between transport groups and a bus driver at Libertad Public Market, which was addressed immediately when police intervened.

He said that prior to the transport strike, the transport groups coordinated with the police.

“It actually ended well as they complied with what they told us,” Wanky added.

Superintendent Luisito Acebuche, head of Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), said a heated argument Monday ensued between members of United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) and Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations (Febacda), and Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros (Sstone) who refused to join the transport strike.

Acebuche said the group of Jessie Ortega of SSTONE did not participate in the transport strike and their vehicles were blocked by members of Undoc and Febacda at Hernaez Street at about 1 p.m.

He added that Wanky allowed Ceres Liner buses to pick up stranded passengers at the downtown area but these were also blocked by the transport groups.

Policemen responded and the drivers were unhurt, he said.

Acebuche also said they allowed tricycles and trisikads to pick up passengers along the downtown area. (GYM/MAP)
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