HOPE lies in imagining a JEEPNEY-FREE Philippines
As usual, the whole “debate” around the plight of the hundreds of thousands of jeepney drivers and the “threat” to their “livelihood” presented by the prospect of modernising public transport in the Philippine has taken a wrong turn. Highlighted by the usual “socially-aware” cliques of “activists” is the wellbeing of what is, essentially, a relatively smalll community of social parasites. Indeed, jeepney drivers are a parasitical class of workers. They lay waste to the streets of the Philippines’ major cities and spew corrosive fumes into their atmospheres. They don’t pay taxes like their squatter kin in these cities’ slums yet degrade precious infrastructure as they ply their parasitical “trade”.