Malacañang has announced the suspension of classes in Metro Manila on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 due to “actual and/or imminent threats” posed by some transport groups.
“In view of actual and/or imminent threats posed by some groups, we are suspending classes at all levels in Metro Manila effective today, March 20, to safeguard the safety of students,” Presidential Spokesperon Harry Roque Jr. said in a statement.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque added suspension of classes outside Metro Manila, is “left to the sound discretion of local government units.”
“We reiterate that the government remains steadfast to modernize our public utility vehicles and will not be bullied or held hostage by some transport groups,” Roque said.
On Monday Malacañang said it may suspend classes at all levels for the rest of the week in Metro Manila if PISTON would continue the transport strike.
Transport group PISTON chair George San Mateo said the class supension today due to a strike is “fake news.” He added the decision to cancel classes only justifies that government is not listening to the drivers and operators’ concerns.
“Instead na harapin, kausapin at pakinggan ng pangulo ang hinaing ng mga [of the President listening and talking to the plight of the] drivers, ay nagpapalaganap ng [they are spreading] confusion to create a justification of crackdown against legitimate protests of our drivers,” he claimed.