The Philippines’ iconic passenger jeepney was one of the first casualties of the coronavirus outbreak, with the government imposing a tight lockdown that sidelined Manila’s “king of the road” and thousands of drivers.
The restrictions, imposed three months ago, barred most public transport, forcing the jeepneys off the road.
Many of the jobless drivers have resorted to begging in the streets, displaying cardboard signs asking for money and food on their jeepneys.
In a once-bustling passenger terminal in suburban Quezon city’s Tandang Sora village, about 35 drivers have turned their jeepneys into tiny shelters.
They squeezed in cooking stoves, a few spare clothes, mobile phone chargers, and electric fans to fight off the tropical heat and mosquitoes in the cramped passenger compartment where they now live and sleep.
“We have no income now. We have nothing for our children,” said Jude Recio, a distraught driver with three children. “I hope
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