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UNDOC undecided on protest
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

United Negros Drivers and Operators Center secretary general Jesse Ortega yesterday said they are still uncertain whether  or not they will  join  the national transport protest led by their mother organization-PISTON (Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide) tomorrow.

Reports said that PISTON and its  allied organizations in Regions 3, 4A, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, Cordeliera Administrative Region and the National Capital Region will hold  a caravan  to the head offices of oil giants Chevron, Shell and Petron in their areas tomorrow and will stageprotests.

Another unified transport strike will also be conducted by Piston and its  allied organizations probably, this month to air their sentiments against the overpricing of oil products andfor the big-time roll back of P9 for gasoline and P8 for diesel.

Ortega saidsome of the transport organizations under PISTON will hold a transport strike tomorrow,while others will only hold rallies. He said UNDOC, on the other hand, is  yet to meet  on  the transport protest tomorrow.

If UNDOC decides not to join the rally tomorrow, UNDOC will schedule it on a later date so the oil companies will heed  their clamors, Ortega said.

Aside from oil price roll back oil over pricing, UNDOC is still protesting the oil price disparity in Negros Occidental  compared to other areas in the Philippines, he also said.

City Police Operations Branch head, Chief Insp. Noel Polines said that even if UNDOC is still uncertain about  joining  the transport rally tomorrow, the City PNP’s security coverage, civil disturbance management and traffic management is now in place.

Polines saidBCPO may also provide free transportation for the public in case UNDOCdecides to join the protest andtransportation will be crippled.*APN

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