In Davao, stranded passengers get free rides on police vehicles

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2017 10:46 AM

DAVAO CITY – Stranded passengers affected by the transport strike on Monday were given free rides on board mobile patrol vehicles of the Davao City Police.

Senior Inspector Maria Teresita Gaspan, Davao City Police spokesperson, posted on Facebook photos of policemen attaching the "Libreng Sakay" sign on their police mobile vehicles.

A total of 37 buses were deployed on Monday to transport stranded passengers from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

However, the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) chief Dionisio Abude said there will be no free rides on Tuesday as the transport strike in Davao is just one day.

For the Transmission Piston in Davao region, the transport strike was a success, with 95 percent of jeepneys participating.

CTTMO said only 35 percent of public transportation was paralyzed, while 65 percent of the jeepney drivers still plied the route.

Transmission Piston XI spokesperson Ricardo Baron said some drivers did not join the strike due to fear of penalty and franchise cancellation while others were also afraid of being arrested as martial law is still in effect in Mindanao.