Philippines braces for planned transport strike

MANILA — Philippine officials will deploy hundreds of police officers to ensure order during a planned transport strike over oil price hikes that will take place mainly in the capital.

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Published: Sun 18 Sep 2011, 4:23 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:50 AM

Metropolitan Manila administrator Francis Tolentino says three major groups have backed out of the planned one-day work stoppage by passenger jeep drivers Monday, but hundreds of police will be deployed to prevent violence and keep traffic flowing.

Tolentino says close to 300 government vehicles, including army trucks, will be deployed in case commuters need to be ferried. Detention buses will be on hand for possible troublemakers.

Protest leaders said on Sunday that they want the government to scrap an oil deregulation law and a consumption tax that have helped oil prices soar to record highs.

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