#WeWantUberGrab: Irate commuters slam LTFRB with memes, start online petition to stop crackdown

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  • Irate commuters blasted LTFRB over apprehension of Grab and Uber vehicles
  • Online petition also started to stop crackdown
  • LTFRB board member firm on decision, said they were only cleaning up Grab and Uber’s mess

MANILA, Philippines – Angry commuters peppered the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) with memes over its plan to nab Grab and Uber vehicles without the necessary franchise or permits.

Posts denouncing the crackdown which will begin on July 26 spread like wildfire throughout the online community, with the hashtag #WeWantUberGrab quickly gaining prominence.

An online petition — addressed to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III — was also started at change.org and has drawn more than 60,000 signatures since its inception.

The petition also noted that many drivers were not able to secure their permits because the LTFRB has suspended their applicatiosn more than a year already.

However, LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said they are firm on their decision to crack down on the erring operators of the two transport network companies (TNCs).

“The board gave both TNCs the opportunity to comply show their good faith. In the event that they refuse or fail to comply, then enforcement is in order. The board will not be influenced nor will it succumb to pressure,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying.

“The existence of colorum TNVS (transport service vehicles) is due to the TNCs failure to strictly comply with the terms of their accreditation. The board is simply cleaning the mess that the TNCs created,” she added.

Lizada also passed the blamed on Grab and Uber; saying it is they who are liable for letting their operators work without the necessary papers.

“The TNCs have a duty to explain plainly to their peer operators for accrediting them without PA (Provisional Authority) or CPCs (Certificate of Public Convenience) issued by the Board and that they take full responsibility for putting them at risk of operating illegally,” she said.