Grab Philippines prohibits election campaign ads on cars

Aika Rey
'We request the public to reach out to us for any sightings of these vehicles,' says Grab Philippines public affairs head Leo Gonzales

CAMPAIGN AD. This photo shows a car for a Grab ride with a campaign ad decal plastered on it. Sourced photo

MANILA, Philippines – Have you ever hopped on a Grab ride with political campaign advertisements plastered on it?

A photo sent to Rappler showed a car bearing the decal “I am for Dong Mangudadatu,” with President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly endorsing PDP-Laban senatorial bet Zajid Mangudadatu.

The decal, covering a huge part of the vehicle’s body, can also be seen from the inside. 

RIDE. Inside the car, the political ad decal is still seen. Sourced photo

HUGPONG SLATE CANDIDATE. In another sourced photo, the other side of the vehicle shows Mangudadatu and Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on the decal. Sourced photo

Grab Philippines told Rappler that it does not allow this.

“Grab is a non-partisan company and does not in any way support this form of political promotion,” said Grab Philippines public affairs head Leo Gonzales.

“While we respect our driver-partners’ political preferences, we reserve the right to take corresponding actions to any violation of our company policies,” Gonzales added.

He urged the public to report to Grab vehicles of its driver-partners with political ads.

“We request the public to reach out to us for any sightings of these vehicles. You may reach us at our hotline ‎02 883 7107,” Gonzales said.

More than 18,000 national and local positions will be up for grabs in the midterm elections scheduled on May 13. 

The campaign period for senatorial candidates and party-list groups is from February 12 to May 12. (LIST: 2019 election-related bans– Rappler.com