President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night warned taxi drivers who charge “exorbitant fares” that he will have them arrested for swindling. Current top breaking Philippine headlines regarding the nation, world, metro manila, regions and exclusive special investigative reports.
Published December 29, 2016 11:41pm
By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night warned taxi drivers who charge “exorbitant fares” that he will have them arrested for swindling.
In an interview on government station PTV-4, Duterte said passengers who have complaints about the matter must report such incidents to the police, instead of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
He said the LTFRB “is not the proper agency to handle it.”
“Kasi ang mga tao, the usual advice is i-report ka sa LFTRB (sic), eh ang LFTRB hindi pulis ‘yan. Walang tao ‘yan to enforce the rules,” he said.
“‘Yung mga gano’n, you are short-changing the riding public. Ito sabihin ko sa inyo: Kayong mga kino-collect more than usual, or exorbitant fares, you go to the police,” he added.
“They’re around Metro Manila. May communications ‘yan. They can flash an alarm. I am ordering the police to arrest them.”
He said these drivers will be charged “for estafa. That’s a crime. Swindling.”
He noted that charging higher fares cannot count as theft, but is “a form of swindling.”
Duterte said he “would be requiring all public utility taxis and jeepneys” to have a “large ID” to be posted at the back of the driver’s seat, with details including the true name and number of the driver.
“It must match [the records], kundi kukulungin ko kayo,” he said.
This is a practice in Davao City, where he served several terms as mayor, he noted. —JST, GMA News