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Driver eyes selling jeepney as junk as diesel price spikes

With the high price of diesel and without increase in the minimum fare, a driver said he is considering selling his jeepney to the junk shop instead and turn it into money, according to Bernadette Reyes’ “24 Oras” report on Tuesday.

Jeepney driver Andy Bernardo said he did not ply his route on Tuesday morning, saying he expects his earnings to just be eaten up by the high cost of diesel.

“Hindi na ako bumiyahe talagang hirap talaga, sayang yung pagod ng sasakyan at saka yung pagod ko, walang mangyayari sa biyahe ko,” Bernardo said.

Bernardo said he is thinking of just turning into junk his jeepney which has served as his source of livelihood for 15 years.

“Iju-junk shop na lang per kilo na lang, yun na po siguro yung gagamitin natin bilang puhunan para sa ibang alternatibong negosyo na lang tulad ng mga online business,” he said.

Meanwhile, some drivers said they just park their jeepney after the rush hours when there were few passengers on the road.

“Pag nakalampas po yung rush hour halos ang ikot po namin hindi po sumapat doon sa iginagas namin sa kada-ikot,” jeepney driver Jun Mandarlipe said.

Several motorists trooped to gasoline stations on Monday, the eve before oil firms implement a major price hike.  Tuesday's increase was the biggest so far and marked the 11th straight week of hikes with domestic pump prices already hitting P84.55 per liter in select areas across the country.—Richa Noriega/LDF, GMA News