You’ve probably seen the viral video online where Filipino-American video blogger Haley Dasovich was being taken for a ride–literally and figuratively–by an unscrupulous taxi driver who, instead of using the cab’s meter for the trip’s fare, wanted to charge a fixed rate of PHP500 instead.
You’ve also probably seen on the news the video of the taxi driver, Frederick C. Cayanan of BLENJH 26 Transport, after he was apprehended by the joint force of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) where it was discovered that a second complaint was filed against him for the exact same illegal practice of charging a fixed rate instead of following the fare indicated on the meter.
Now, in Dasovich’s video, Cayanan’s reasoning is that since he waited for almost two hours in the arrival area for a passenger, he’s “expecting (a) good passenger” which, to him, is probably the equivalent of a passenger who won’t argue with his fixed rate. Cayanan even wanted to drop Dasovich off somewhere for her to take another taxi if she wasn’t amenable to his asking price of PHP500.
Upon Cayanan’s apprehension by the LTFRB and the MIAA, it was discovered that he has his own “Airport Taxi Service Meter Rate” card as labeled which even bore the logo of Philippine Airlines. On this rate card, the fare per passenger ranges from PHP600 for a trip to the old Domestic Airport–which is a stone’s throw away from Terminals 1, 2, and 3–to PHP6,300 for a drive up to Pangasinan.
What’s even worse is that upon further checking by the LTFRB, it discovered that not only has the taxi’s franchise expired as of November 21, 2017 but that its operator, one Benjamin Mercado Porras Jr., is with the Philippine National Police (PNP) although Porras Jr.’s rank or connection with the police force was not mentioned by the agency.
As a result of Cayanan’s apprehension, LTFRB board member Atty. Aileen Lizada said in a message to the media that her agency is coordinating with the Land Transportation Office to cancel Cayanan’s driver’s license and that it will issue a Show Cause Order to the operator.
Update: According to Atty. Lizada, the rate card carried by Cayanan is used by tourist transport operators,so when Cayanan drives the taxi using the rate card and not the taxi meter, the taxi is effectively a “colorum” vehicle. “A taxi must use its taxi meter for its fare structure,” Lizada stressed.
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