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Rappler's latest stories on Grab Philippines


Grab partners with Comelec for voter education

May 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Grab says Metro Manila and Cebu voters will also enjoy a discount on Election Day, when they head to polls

VOTER EDUCATION. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu places the "One Destination" sticker on a GrabCar that identifies the vehicle as part of the campaign on voter education. Photo from Comelec

Grab sets measures to curb driver, passenger cancellations

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Grab Philippines says it is 'mindful that cancellations are frustrating for everyone.' Here's how it plans to discourage both drivers and passengers from canceling rides.

GrabPay now offered for SM Cinema ticket purchases

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Consumers may either purchase their tickets at the cinema or on the SM Cinema website using GrabPay

MOBILE WALLET. Huey Ooi Tyng (L), GrabPay Managing director for Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia poses with Mara Coson (R) of SM Investments Corporation in front of an SM cinema counter. Photo from Grab

Grab driver arrested in Makati for pointing 'gun' at security guard

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) Grab Philippines says it has banned the driver from its platform and that it will fully cooperate with authorities in their investigation

SUSPECT. Grab driver Hyron Henry Roscom is arrested for alleged grava threat on April 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of Makati police.

Need water? Grab Igib delivers for free in parts of Metro Manila

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) Grab will reopen its free water delivery service in parts of Marikina City and Quezon City starting Thursday, April 4, along with the launch of a water hub in Mandaluyong City

Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'

Grab Philippines donates shooting simulator to highway police

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Grab says the simulator would enhance the PNP Highway Patrol Group's road safety and security skills

SIMULATOR. Philippines' top cop Oscar Albayalde tried out the shooting simulator donated by Grab. Photo from Grab Philippines

Get 'kilig' with Grab's Valentines' gimmick: Baes, free rides, discounts

Feb 09, 2019 - 6:32 PM

With the day of hearts just around the corner, passengers can book 'GrabBaes', get free rides, surprise deliveries, or redeem freebies

BAE. Here are the 'GrabBaes' or Grab's kilig ambassador during the #KiligforEveryone launch. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Ex-PCC legal counsel named as Grab Philippines manager

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Out of propriety, Grab Philippines public affairs manager Nicka Hosaka says she will not handle matters related to the Philippine Competition Commission

MANAGER. Grab's newest public affairs manager Nicka Hosaka is a former legal counsel for Shopee and Philippine Competition Commission. Photo from Hosaka's LinkedIn profile

Grab Philippines prohibits election campaign ads on cars

Feb 02, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'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

Grab launches 8 new app features

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Among the new features include saving places, rewards points for being canceled on by drivers, and many others

INTEGRATION. Grab Philippines President Brian Cu says their digital payment GrabPay will also be integrated in other services. Image from Shutterstock, Grab app screengrab

Ex-Uber U.S. exec now leads Grab transport team

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Former country head Brian Cu is now Grab Philippines president, overseeing other services aside from transport

GRAB HEAD. Chris Taylor is the new Grab Philippines head. Photo from Taylor's LinkedIn

What's your Metro Manila adventure?

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:32 AM

Here's how Grab's working to make each in-city adventure better than the next

Antitrust body fines Grab Philippines anew

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) PCC Commissioner Johannes Bernabe explains the failure to submit the needed data 'prevented the PCC and the 3rd party body' from monitoring the pricing commitments

Grab adds 12 restaurants in its food delivery menu

Jan 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Here are the international and homegrown food chains now part of GrabFood

TOP ORDERED. Milk tea is among the top ordered food on Grab. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

Family of Grab passenger in car crash to proceed with case vs drivers

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Grab Philippines says it will continue to cooperate with authorities 'to seek justice' for Marko de Guzman, who died from injuries in a car crash in Manila

Grab offers unli P2P bus, jeepney rides in Metro Manila this Christmas season

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The free rides aim to supplement the limited number of cars that can be booked through the app

FREE RIDES. Grab Philippines launches free unlimited bus and jeepney rides for Christmas. Photo from Grab

Grab passenger dies from injuries in car crash

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Marko de Guzman, a 20-year-old University of Santo Tomas engineering student, dies over a month after the car crash

Grab rider suffers brain injury after car crash

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Grab Philippines says it continues to reach out to Marko de Guzman's family but the latter says the offered assistance is not enough to cover the medical expenses

Grab launches food service, brings 'Crave City' to BGC

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:27 PM

The service is available in Metro Manila and is currently being tested in Cebu City and Mandaue in Cebu with over 4,000 restaurants to choose from

DELIVERY SERVICE. Grab officially launches GrabFood in Taguig. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LOOK: Grab launches premium tricycle service

Nov 05, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The GrabTrike Premium service is only currently available in Binalonan, Pangasinan

Always running into Grab-related commuting problems?

Oct 29, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Here’s how you can ensure a smoother ride the next time you book

Grab to ask PCC to reconsider P12-M fine

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:17 PM

The PCC is penalizing Grab for supposedly failing to keep its pre-Uber acquisition prices and quality of service, among other alleged violations of interim rules

Rappler file photo

Grab to train drivers as emergency first responders

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Grab drivers will no longer just get you to your destination. The company's plan is for them to become emergency first responders and aid in busting crime, too.

Antitrust watchdog fines Grab P16 million over Uber deal

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Competition Commission slaps Grab with a fine of P12 million and Uber with P4 million for causing 'undue difficulties' to the review of their deal

Top UK audit firm to monitor Grab pricing, service quality

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Competition Commission chief Arsenio Balisacan says Smith & Williamson 'will serve as our eyes and ears on the ground'

COMPLIANCE. The Philippine Competition Commission selects Smith & Williamson to monitor Grab's compliance to pricing and service quality commitments.

Grab PH expands mobile wallet services to bills payment, purchases

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Grab is among 11 non-banks licensed to operate as electronic money issuers in the country

FULL SUITE. Users of Grab Philippines will soon experience its 'full suite' of mobile wallet services.

P2/min travel charge back but Grab lowers surge pricing cap

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The new surge pricing cap is effective Friday, September 21

SURGE. Grab lowers its surge pricing cap. Rappler file photo

Grab: We'll do everything until P10M fine is reversed

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Grab Philippines maintains that the P2-per-minute fare component is 'legal'

NOT ILLEGAL. Grab Public Affairs Head Leo Gonzales said that the P2-per-minute charge is not illegal. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LTFRB OKs Grab's petition: Riders will not be reimbursed of P2/min charge

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:09 PM

But the P10-million fine against Grab still stands


Drivers file P5-M suit vs Nograles over Grab P2/min issue

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:12 PM

A group of ride-hailing services drivers says the PBA party list representative's accusations led to 'reduced income' for them

DAMAGES. Drivers under Grab Philippines filed charges against PBA partylist Representative Jericho Nograles.

Avoid booking along EDSA, Grab riders told

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:45 PM

'We ask our drivers and passengers to be patient,' says Grab Philippines

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City aimed at reducing the volume of traffic along Edsa during peaks hours. August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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Aug 10, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Grab fares 'not necessarily lower' after Uber buyout approval

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:09 PM

In fact, Grab has a 5% fare hike petition pending with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

COMMITMENTS. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu said on August 10, 2018 that they will adhere to the imposed commitments of the Philippine Competition Commission on the Uber acquisition deal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Antitrust body OKs Grab-Uber deal, sets conditions

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Any breach of the fair pricing conditions and service quality commitments set by the Philippine Competition Commission will subject Grab to fines of up to P2 million per violation

Grab appeals P10-M fine on 'illegal' P2-per-minute charge

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Grab argues that the DOTr order allowing ride-hailing firms to set their own fares was still valid when the P2-per-minute charge was imposed

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Grab insists P2-per-minute charge 'legal'

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

After the LTFRB imposed a P10-million fine on Grab Philippines, the company says it is studying all legal options

LEGAL. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says P2 per minute fare is legal. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB fines Grab for P10M over P2-per-minute charge

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Grab Philippines is also ordered to reimburse commuters through rebates, although it can still appeal the LTFRB decision

Grab drivers income drop 10% after 'illegal' charge suspension

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The P2-per-minute travel charge suspension cause the 5% to 10% driver income drop, says Grab Philippines head Brian Cu

LOWER INCOME. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu says drivers are now getting lower income. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Grab planning seamless 'mix-and-match' transport system in PH

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The multimodal passenger transport system envisioned by Grab allows passengers to select and take different modes of transport using the Grab service to reach their destination

GRAB MOVING FORWARD. Grab Philippine head Brian Cu and marketing head Cindy Toh speak to the press about their plans for a Grab and GrabPay. Photo by Kyle Chua

GrabFood now on soft launch in the Philippines

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The service's delivery fee is P49, with no minimum order

GRABFOOD. Grab launches its food delivery service. Screenshot from Grab

Grab's P2-per-minute charge remains suspended

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Grab Philippines says it would comply with the LTFRB order but hopes that the suspension would be lifted soon

CONTROVERSIAL CHARGE. LTFRB holds a 3rd hearing on June 26, 2018 on the controversial P2-per-minute travel charge by ride-hailing company Grab Philippines. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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Brian Cu: Grab driver cancellations down by 50%

Jun 24, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says they have addressed the 'root causes' of unwanted driver behavior

BETTER SERVICES. Grab Philippines country manager Brian Cu says they have addressed the root causes of unwanted driver behavior. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Grab to provide subsidy for drivers

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:05 AM

The subsidy will be provided to drivers for trips that fall below P5.50 per minute or P330 per hour, which is the ideal amount a driver should earn, according to Grab Philippines

DESTINATION MASKING. Grab Philippines will roll out an auto-accept driver-app feature. Rappler file photo

DOTr gives LTFRB full authority over ride-hailing companies' regulation

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) This means ride-hailing companies can no longer set or change fare schemes on their own

Nograles: Grab drivers' working hours 'slave-like'

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:17 AM

'No one among Grab parters is being forced to drive long hours. If the congressman is fair, he should also look into other transport sectors whose drivers work even longer hours earning less,' says Grab Philippines head Brian Cu

SLAVES. Lawmaker Jericho Nograles accuses Grab of "forcing" its drivers to "slave-like" working conditions to hit decent income.

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BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Grab denies PCC findings of higher fares, 'deteriorating' service

May 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission also finds that newly accredited ride-hailing companies are unlikely to provide much of a challenge to Grab – at least not in the near future

grab application on phone. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB not informed of Grab’s minimum fares

May 29, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Grab has been charging a minimum fare of P80 for its sedan and 6-seater vehicles, and P125 for premium cars

NOT INFORMED. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III says the Board was not informed of the minimum fare charge. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler