CEBU, Philippines (AP) _ Hundreds of passenger jeep drivers struck Monday in the Philippines to protest oil price hikes, stranding thousands of commuters, officials said.

No violence or arrests were reported during the strike, which forced local officials to send out government and army trucks to ferry stranded commuters home, police said.

Many of the drivers said they would continue their strike Tuesday in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Bacolod and Iloilo as part of nationwide democracy protests marking the day dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law 27 years ago. He was ousted in 1986 and died in exile three years later.

In the bustling industrial city of Mandaue, about 90 percent of 500 passenger jeeps stayed off roads, strike leaders said. Drivers there were also protesting a new transport rerouting plan.

Most drivers ended their strike in the afternoon, after officials agreed to suspend the plan.

International crude oil prices have more than doubled from a 12-year low of around $10 a barrel in December because of production cuts by petroleum exporting countries, resulting in a series of local oil price increases.

Philippine oil companies have raised prices of petroleum products at least five times this year, and have warned of more increases. The latest price adjustment was imposed in August, triggering a wave of commodity price increases.

Presidential executive secretary Ronaldo Zamora said the government is considering temporarily removing a 3 percent tariff on imported crude and refined oil products to ease the price hikes.