'Wala na pati butaw': Jeepney drivers cry out for financial aid amid pandemic

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2020 08:44 AM

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MANILA -- Transport group leaders on Thursday called for the immediate release of financial aid for jeepney drivers.

"Isang buwan at kalahati na po kaming walang kita at alam niyo naman kaming mga jeepney driver, isang kahig, isang tuka," Pasang Masda president Obet Martin told DZMM.

Martin said many jeepney drivers have already run out money including those from their "butaw" system.

"Ito po ay kanila nang ginalaw para masuportahan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga tsuper ngunit kinapos pa rin po 'yan," he said.

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Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines national president Zeny Maranan said they have repeatedly given the list of their members to various agencies to get financial aid.

"Awa ng Diyos, puro na lang listahan ang hiningi nila sa'min eh wala namang nakarating [na ayuda]," Maranan said.

"Hanggang sa ngayon, tumatawag ako, nakikipag-ugnayan sa LTFRB at sabi nga nila sinasala pa ring mabuti. Sabi ko, sobra naman sa pagsala na 'yan," she added.