MANILA, Philippines – Angkas, the popular motorcycle-based ride-hailing service is "considered closed," the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced on Thursday, November 9.
LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada made the announcement to reporters after she led the apprehension of 19 Angkas motorbikers without the proper permits.
"Considered as closed na [already]," Lizada told reporters in a text message.
She also sent reporters documents from the Makati Business Permits Office (BPO) serving the company an apprehension notice for not having a mayor's permit to operate.
According to the Makati BPO apprehension order dated November 9, Angkas was given 3 days to explain why they should continue to operate.
As of posting time, the Angkas mobile application still allows passengers to avail of their service.
With motorcycles rather than cars as the main composition of its fleet, Angkas has been widely used by its passengers to slip through the horrible Metro Manila traffic. – Rappler.com
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.