Friday, July 17, 2009

Transport Strike

Last Monday, July 13, the transport sector declared a nationwide transport strike to press for their demand concerning oil price roll-back. But unlike in the past where it would easily paralyze the transportation in key cities, the latest transport strike failed to get support from all the public utility jeep drivers. Reports claimed that only about 30 percent joined the strike. What happened? I don't know whether it indicated for the cold response of the people to the issue or strategies but drivers who were interviewed said they needed the day's income for their daily needs. Loud and clear.

Sideline.These past days, we heard of another brainless suggestion that easily earned a flak from the public - give the dreaded Abu Sayyaf group an amnesty. The group has been engaged in kidnap for ransom operations and has been tagged as perpetrators of some bombing activities in the country. It was also responsible for the killing of some of their captives. While we are thankful that the three Red Cross volunteers were released alive, I don’t think they deserve amnesty. The proposal is totally outlandish.

ASG is not a political group. It has no respect for human rights. It is but a bunch of criminals lurking in the hinterlands of Sulu. Whoever suggested that idea is totally insane and out of his mind. Maayo ra nga ang nagsugyot ipakaon sa pating (The proponent deserves to be fed to the shark).