MANILA, Philippines — Transport group Drivers Unite for the Crappy Treatment of Apathetic Passengers Everywhere (DUCTAPE) stormed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday to protest the decreasing numbers of passengers they could treat like crap brought about by the increasing popularity of Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) such as Grab & Uber in the country.
According to DUCTAPE President Meiron Batingting, they are protesting the operations of both Grab and Uber in the Philippines as they are causing the decline in passengers willing to stomach their unscrupulous practices; such as declining passengers, over charging, contracting and not giving exact change, just to name a few.
Aside from this, Batingting said that both services are tarnishing the image of regular taxis and showing to the riding public that they deserve more.
“Ito lang po ang simple naming kahilingan: alisin ‘yang Grab at Uber na ‘yan. Bakit? Pinamukuha po nila kaming masama at mandaraya dahil po sa magandang serbisyo na ibinibigay nila,” he said.
“Kung hindi ipapatigil ng gobyernyo ang mga alternatibong serbisyo gaya ng Grab at Uber, hindi malayong mangyari na hindi mararamdaman ng publiko ang epekto ng pagkawala namin kung sakaling magtigil pasada kami,” Batingting said; adding that service improvement and policing of their ranks are too tall of an order to undertake compared to just seeking government intervention and whining about the competition.
“Sana ay tulungan kami ng gobyerno upang makapagpatuloy ang napaka-pangit naming serbisyo,” the group said. “Isantabi nalang po natin ang convenience, user friendliness at dahilan kung bakit ito tinatangkilik ng mga commuters!”
Sought for comment, Grab & Uber confirmed such claim, saying that they have treated their passengers well with rides going smoothly and not once did their drivers attempted to incapacitate their passenger using liquids stored in spray bottles.