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Philippine jeepney drivers strike over soaring fuel prices

Government says high costs due to global forces, but analysts say it can do more

A Filipino traffic enforcer checks passengers of a jeepney at a checkpoint at the border between Las Pinas city and Cavite province in 2021.   © EPA/Jiji

MANILA -- A surge in fuel prices in the Philippines has pushed Diosdado Mesa to park his jeepney and join drivers across Metro Manila in a strike on Friday.

Mesa told Nikkei Asia he used to earn about 600 Philippine pesos ($11.45) over a 12-hour shift but now takes home half or less that amount. His terminal in Quezon City normally hosts around 40 of the colorful, flamboyant minibuses that have long been a cultural symbol of the Philippines, but around half the drivers have turned to other work.

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