“They were not successful. The government will never allow them to be successful,” that’s how MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago described the protest against the jeepney and UV express modernization program due to the heavy costs.
According to Pialago, the protesters failed to make an impact with their strike on Monday (September 30).
The government led by President Rodrigo Duterte wants to phase out all old jeepneys and UV Express service vehicles by 2020 and replace them with units that have environment-friendly engines such as the Euro Diesel 4.
Pialago’s statements didn’t sit well with netizens for her insensitive comments towards the poor drivers instead of hearing their sentiments.
I don't usually wish ill to someone but Celine Pialago deserves the hate she's getting now. Ang ayos nang isinigawang strike but she don't wanna listen. What more to the people who are calling her out for her tasteless remark against our jeepney drivers?
— Ping Guerrero ❌ (@gabrant001) September 30, 2019
“Baka kung sakali mag transport strike kayo ng isang taon baka sakali mag tagumpay ka. One day? Try Harder”
-Celine Pialago MMDA spokesperson
You know you’re a crap public official when you choose your pride over the plight of the poor people.
— Iñigo Abellar #HandsOffActivists (@InigoAbellar) September 30, 2019
Instead of helping the poor, you mock them? Hindi nila ginustong mawalan ng isang araw na kita pero nagsakripisyo sila para ipaalam at inyong tugunan ang mga problema.
Kayo ang hindi successful sa pagtugon sa kailangan ng mga mamamayang inyong dapat pinaglilingkuran. https://t.co/SVnPNzCaOP
— Gideon V. Peña (@gideonpena) September 30, 2019
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— Jerome Benedict (@clintoncloud9) September 30, 2019
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— SuperNan (@nanoftheabove_) September 30, 2019
I am for safe and comfortable transport. I am for crackdown for unsafe, old and dilapidated jeepneys. But the financial requirement for this modernization program is hefty and inconsiderate. Yun lang ang hinihingi nila. TANGA KA!
PASAMPAL AKO ISA CELINE PIALAGO HAHAHAHA https://t.co/P3ciBXgEKh
— paül (@paulantoknee) September 30, 2019
Summary: hindi niya talaga gets
She passed away. (Pialago, 2014) pic.twitter.com/r95fAkVWBI
— JP Pabakuna Na! Parehistro Na! (@dumidyeypee) September 30, 2019
Even Kapamilya actor Enchong Dee can’t help but comment on Pialago’s transport strike statements.
It’s discouraging to be a good citizen when the elected officials that implement the law fail to follow the constitution. #AkoLangTo 🤦🏻♂️
— Enchong Dee (@enchongdee777) September 30, 2019
Mamayang Pilipino nanaman mag-aadjust? Why not provide for the Jeepney driver’s modernization… if the govt finds it expensive, how much more the jeepney drivers? pic.twitter.com/zxP0TvgpBR
— Enchong Dee (@enchongdee777) October 1, 2019
Politician Ruffy Biazon also comment on the issue.
Government spokespersons, receiving salary from the public, have an obligation and duty to speak with circumspection and utmost prudence, upholding the standards expected from public servants. https://t.co/xHGYJasUVe
— Ruffy Biazon (@ruffybiazon) October 1, 2019
Meanwhile, national president of Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) Mody Floranda debunked Pialago’s statement that the nationwide transport strike wasn’t successful. “Do not underestimate the power of the masses because it has been proven in history that the Filipino people are capable of overthrowing a dictator’s government.”
Pialago became Internet famous in 2014 when she competed in the Miss Philippines Earth pageant because of her “she passed away” gaffe during an interview. She was appointed as spokesperson of the MMDA in September 2016. Last year, she was promoted as an assistant secretary.