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From an initial P4 billion in 2006, the cost of expanding and improving the South Luzon Expressway jumped dramatically to P12.5 billion by last year. This is being used to justify the increase in toll fees – an imposition that many view as not only patently anti-poor but the result as well of “evident corruption.”

Sidebar: Aquino Disappoints on Toll Hike but That’s Not a Surprise

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Judging from the first six months in office of the Aquino government, there seems to be no relief in sight for workers who have been suffering from record joblessness, runaway prices of basic goods and services, and violent attacks on their democratic rights.

President Benigno Aquino III boldly declared during his first State of the Nation Address that public-private partnerships would be the solution to the government’s lack of funds and the need to develop the country’s infrastructure. But at whose expense?

Sidebar: Show Basis for Toll Hikes – Transport Groups

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com The suspension of the toll fee hike in South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) is a “temporary victory of the protests being lodged against it by motorists and the Filipino people,” George San Mateo, secretary general of alliance of drivers and operators Piston said as the Toll Regulatory Board’s (TRB) meeting ended Wednesday…

Pointing to the public-private partnership in the development of the South Luzon Expressway as the culprit in the planned increase in toll fees, drivers’ group Piston warned that the planned hike plus the imposition of VAT on toll fees would trigger price increases as transport costs would likewise jack up.

Members of Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston), an organization of public transport drivers, trooped in front of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) office in Mandaluyong City Monday to oppose the decision of Secretary Jose “Ping “ De Jesus to implement the more than 250 percent toll hike at the Southern Luzon Express Way, as well as the increase of MRT and LRT fares and expanded value-added tax (e-vat) in all toll ways.