Militants turn to ‘selfie’ to protest proposed MRT, LRT fare hikes

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Photo from https://www.facebook.com/StrikeTheHike page

MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to utilize the power of vanity and the Internet, a militant group has turned the ubiquitous “Selfie” into a personal platform for protest.

Groups protesting the proposed fare increase for the Metro Rail and Light Rail Transit lines in the country have declared the “Selfie” or self-portrait photographs as their “new form of protest.”

#StrikeTheHike and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – National Capital Region (BAYAN-NCR) on Tuesday called on netizens to air their opposition against the planned P10 fare increase by posting “selfies” with messages of protest in various social media platforms.

As of Tuesday morning, the group has posted 84 “Selfies” in their Facebook page. Participants of all ages submitted photos with superimposed text or fan signs.

The group said the photos will be made into a collage and presented to the government during the August 22 public consultation with the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Bayan-NCR secretary general Mark Louie Aquino said they were hoping that online and offline protests would lead to bigger street mobilizations.

He urged the government to instead re-channel the contentious “pork barrel” or Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) of legislators for social services and utilities such as the MRT and the LRT.

DOTC said they planned to recover operating costs from the heavily subsidized train lines by increasing fares by P5 in 2013 and another P5 in 2014.

Related:

MRT, LRT fares may go up in August—Abaya

LRT, MRT to raise fares by P5 this year

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  • Don Dee

    Taena gimik ng mga bugok na militante ito oo, selfie-protest? Taena nyo mga totoy, mag aral muna kayo, o magbanat ng buto bago magbigay ng opinyon. Mga bobo kayo at mga walang alam. Puro porma, puro katangahan naman ikinakalat sa internet. Hindi sustainable ang puro iasa sa gobyerno ang pasanin ang pamasahe nyo mga ugok! Simple math yan. Kung pumasa kayo ng math 11, maiintindihan nyo yan.

    90% of these militants DO NOT EVEN HAVE JOBS and therefore DO NOT PAY INCOME TAXES! So FVCK all of you!

    • Strike The Hike

      #pointirrelevat #certifiedtroll LOL!

      • Don Dee

        Asus, irrelevant? Typical nonsensical leftist idiotic retort. Sige nga, tell me why you people who DO NOT PAY TAXES gets to protest how our tax money gets to be spent. And also please tell me how sustainable / financially viable is a business model wherein you have to continue pouring money into the business and not let the customers pay for that service in whole. Maga aral muna kasi. Puro hashtags alam mo, halatang walang laman ang utak. BOBO.

        —————

        Haha, at least I checked your posts here on the comments section puro VOTE DOWN ka iho, doesn’t that tell you anything? Yang katangahan nyo, doesn’t sell. Kapwa BOBO nyo lang nauuto nyo pa.

      • Strike The Hike

        and who tell you na we are not paying taxes? sa puntong yan pa lang irrelevant na e… baseless po LOL! :)) #tirapikon hahahhahaha

      • Don Dee

        Really? Bayan is known for paying the biggest taxes?! Kayong mga walang silbi sa lipunan ang biggest taxpayers? Hahahaha … you people make me laugh. Meron kayong pambili ng gadgets (kaya nga nakapag selfie) pero hindi kayang magbayad ng konting dagdag pasahe? Taena nyo mga totoy! Yung isina-subsidized sa pamasahe nyo can be better used to help poor farmers/fishermen in the countryside! Pero hinde eh, katumbas lang ng ilang text hinihingi sa inyo e angal kaagad. Talagang mga walang silbi! Ngayon kung STUDENT DISCOUNT lang ang hinihingi, baka sumang-ayon pa ako. Pero strike the hike? Hell no. Justify mo kung bakit ang mga taxpayers ng Cebu (or the rest of the Philippines) should carry the burden of subsidizing the pamasahe of Metro Manilans?

  • @centaurchief

    BOYCOTT TAX!! SCRAP PDAF!!

    KUNG HINDI MATANGGAL YANG PDAF, DAPAT E-ALLOCATE NA LNG LAHAT YAN PARA PANG PUNDO SA MRT AT IBANG MASS TRANSPORT SYSTEM NATIONWIDE!!

    DI PALA KAILANGAN E-PRIVATIZE, MERON 28-BILYON TAON-TAON PARA PANGTUGON SA MATAAS NA PRESYO NG GASOLINA O KAKULANGAN SA TRANSPORTASYON!

  • 444mangyan888

    oy Strike The Hike…obvious naman na ikaw tong bahag ing mga kaliwa..
    oks lang..!! ours is still one the freesest country..!!! and we both admittedly like it being that way..!!
    What if you and your comrades win..?? will we still enjoy this freedom..?? nek nek mo..!!!
    saka accuse ka ng accuse na mga pakawala komentarista dito…eh ikaw itong obviously maka-komunista..!! o isa sa mga professional raliyista…!!!of course, there really are comments here coming from itnerests group, pero review mo muna objectivity of individual commentators…!!!

    • Strike The Hike

      #trollalert LOL! :))

      • BawalAngReklamador

        #walaNGmasabi LOL!

      • Strike The Hike

        ang troll, troll na yan hanggang mamatay… hahahaha!!
        #saradoutak #makiitidutak

      • BawalAngReklamador

        ang inutil,inutil na yan hanggang mamatay..hahaha!!

        #saradoutak #makitidutak

        marunong gumamit ng #, WALA namang pandagdag PASAHE.. tsk.tsk.

        PURO ka PORMA, WALA naman palang IBUBUGA.. Hala, reklamo na LANG kayo..

        ITAAS na pasahe na yan..

  • Batala

    Thank God and the USA we have the Internet, Facebook, Disqus, and others. Communist leftists will not simply allow contrary opinion.

    Strike The Hike (BAYAN leftist communist member). Will tell you “THAT IS PART OF THE DEBATE OR ISSUE”.

    Leftist communists we provide you the freedom and democracy to air equal grievances with freedom of speech. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO EXCLUSIVELY FRAME THE DISCUSSION BASED ON YOUR IDEOLOGY.

    • Strike The Hike

      o military troll din oh! hahha LOL!!!! ang troll, troll na yan hanggang mamatay… hahahaha!!

      #saradoutak #makiitidutak #trollalert

  • Ed Molina

    lahat na lang inaasa nyo sa gobyerno. masyado namang spoiled ang mga hinayupak na mga militanteng ito.

    • Strike The Hike

      spoiled talaga? di ba pwedeng inaassert mo lang ang what’s right and deserving for the public na nagbabayad ng buwis…? ano gusto mo nakawin na lang ang pera ng bayan ng kung sino sinong mga pulitiko dyan? isip din minsan kuya…:))

      • Batala

        Please stop your leftist communist brothers and sisters from committing destruction of property and violent protests.

        Help us in stopping China from hurting us, our interests, and our people.

      • Strike The Hike

        #trollalert LOL

      • BawalAngReklamador

        #INUTILatASAlahatSAgubyerno LOL

      • Strike The Hike

        ang troll, troll na yan hanggang mamatay… hahahaha!!

        #saradoutak #makiitidutak

      • BawalAngReklamador

        marunong gumamit ng #, WALA namang pandagdag PASAHE.. tsk.tsk.

        PURO ka PORMA, WALA naman palang IBUBUGA.. Hala, reklamo na LANG kayo..

        ITAAS na pasahe na yan..

  • hustlergalore

    magsselfie din ako. pero ang ilalagay ko #bayanmunaTutaNgTsina

    • Strike The Hike

      boo…. stick to the issue… :))

      • BawalAngReklamador

        Ang ISYU kabayan ay ang mga mapopormang REKLAMADOR na nasa litrato sa itaas, na tutol sa pagtaas ng pasahe sa MRT/LRT..

        MAY pang-bili at pang-“maintain” ng mga “GADGETS” pero walang pangdagdag para sa pang-araw-araw na pamasahe..

        Hindi ba’t isang MALAKING kalokohan?!!!

      • Strike The Hike

        mas malaking kalokohan ang pagpayag na lang sa increases habang ang mga pulitiko natin nandarambong sa kaban ng yaman… :)

      • BawalAngReklamador

        Eto ang TIPIKAL na sagot ng mga komunista.. MAGTURO ng IBANG problema sa gubyerno PARA palusutin/hayaan ang IBA pa nating mga problema..

        TAASAN na pasahe na yan.. TSAKA na lang ibalik sa masa yung perang NAWALA sa kaban ng bayan, kapag NAPIGIL na ni “Strike The Hike” ang NAKAWAN sa gubyerno..

      • Strike The Hike

        eto ang tipikal na sagot ng troll na militar.. puro KOMUNISTA ang alam.. mudslingers… red-baters…baseless commentaries… #alamna #trollalert

      • BawalAngReklamador

        pa-“Mudslingers-mudslingers at red-baters-redbaters” KA pang nalalaman kabayan.. TAGALUGIN mo na para LAHAT ng magbabasa dito na HIRAP sa ingles, MADALING maiintindihan mga kumento natin.. #alamna #INUTILatASAlahatSAgubyerno

      • Strike The Hike

        ang troll, troll na yan hanggang mamatay… LOL!!
        #saradoutak #makiitidutak

      • Batala

        Stop supporting China!

        BAYAN please stop being TRAITORS to our country! Serve the country and our interests please!

    • Batala

      I agree bro., these leftist communists should stop supporting China a rogue nation!

  • Littlefox131

    RIDE THE BUS!
    No to freeloading!!!

    • I_kabod

      mismo. at para kumita naman ang mga tsuper.

  • boy22ban

    I support a fair hike to improve services, increase trips, and ensure proper maintenance. I think the ultimate goal should be to improve rail transport to such a reliable level where it becomes logically, practically and politically possible for the train to replace jeeps and buses.

    • Strike The Hike

      fair or fare? #confused

      • boy22ban

        Fair i.e. reasonable and justiciable. I support setting a reasonable price that would make the commuter eventually (but hopefully immediately) realize: “Why they hell am I taking this slow, unsafe, unsanitary bus or jeep, when the train is so much better, faster, safer, and reliable”.

        There is no room for small-scale, unharmonized and practically unregulated public transportation system in a Tiger economy. If nobody uses them, hopefully the economy just takes them away.

      • Strike The Hike

        #Palusot? pero sige patulan natin ang palusot na ito: kelan po naging fair na ipasa sa mamamayan ang tubo at kikitain ng mga pribadong kompanya? kelan naging fair na ipasa sa taumbayan ang bigat habang nakikinabang ang iilan sa pagnanakaw ng kaban ng yaman? now tell me it is fair, reasonable and justifiable.. :)

      • motorcyclemama

        Pahiya ka no?

      • Strike The Hike

        sagot sa issue… hindi tira pikon! hahaha

      • motorcyclemama

        ang isyu ang pagkapahiya mo. Bwehehehe

      • Strike The Hike

        ang isyu troll ka na irrelevant ang punto at walang saysay kausap… LOL! hahahahaha… ang troll, troll na yan hanggang mamatay… hahahaha!!

        #saradoutak #makiitidutak

  • I_kabod

    punyetang mga bata yan, ni isa dyan hindi pa nakatikim ng pang-aalipusta ng amo eh! magsitrabaho muna kayo. masyado kayong madaming opinyon!

    • Strike The Hike

      parang kayo po ang mas maraming opinyon kuya? :))

      • I_kabod

        lolz! kung sayo lang, oo.

      • Strike The Hike

        choosy po opinions nyo?

      • I_kabod

        ?????

      • Strike The Hike

        end of thread… slow si kuya.. next comment please :))

      • I_kabod

        lolz!!!

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