3 May 2011

Army used as strikebreakers

Iloilo City, Phillipines
Yesterday the 301st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army deployed its vehicles to ferry commuters stranded by the transport strike in the city and province of Iloilo. The strike action has been staged by the different transport groups to protest against hikes in fuel prices.
Military spokesperson Major Andrada said the transport strike was being conducted peacefully and he estimated that it paralyzed 60 to 70 percent of public transportation. The military will remain on red alert until the situation returns to normal, he added. The Department of Public Works and Highways also dispatched its shuttle bus and dumptrucks for the two-day strike.

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