Elmer Cordero of PISTON 6 eyes opening sari-sari store

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2020 08:57 AM | Updated as of Jun 21 2020 09:20 AM

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MANILA - Elmer Cordero, the 72-year-old jeepney driver who was jailed earlier this month in Caloocan City for appealing that traditional jeepneys be allowed to return to the roads, said Sunday he would like to open a sari-sari store.

The elderly driver who captured the hearts of netizens thanked his supporters as he said he has enough to start a small store but he would still like to drive his jeepney once a week.

"Gagawa na lang ako ng sari-sari store na kahit maliit ba. ('Yung) mga bigay sa'kin pwede nang nakaipon eh, 'yung iba pinamimigay ko rin sa kapitbahay namin," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.

(I'll just build a sari-sari store, even just a small one. The donations given to me is enough, some of it I gave to my neighbors.)

"Maraming maraming salamat dahil parang lumubo na rin yung puso ko eh, nawala na yung kalungkutan ko. Medyo sumigla yung sarili ko. Di niyo ako napapapabayaan, lahat ng media di kami pinapabayaan sa kulungan. Kaya maraming maraming salamat talaga, lahat ng tumutulong sa amin."

(Thank you very much, my heart is full. My sadness is gone and I was uplifted. You did not neglect me, the media did not neglect us inside the prison. Thank you very much to everyone who helped us.)

Cordero is isolated in a quarantine facility after 2 of his group's members tested positive for the coronavirus.