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PCC to pursue review of Grab-Uber deal despite Uber closure

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission also gives Grab and Uber until Tuesday, April 17, to explain why they failed to continue operating the platform as previously ordered

Does PCC understand Grab-Uber deal? Grab says operations can't be 'separate'

Apr 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'They want us to be independent and that's a contradiction,' Grab Philippines Head Brian Cu says in a press briefing at the Uber office in Mandaluyong

DEAL. Grab Philipines holds a press briefing on April 9, 2018 on the Philippine Competition Commission order for Uber to continue operations . Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

PCC releases interim measures pending review of Grab-Uber deal

Apr 07, 2018 - 2:54 PM

'This virtual monopolization of the market by Grab can harm the riding public,' says Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan, as the country's antitrust body conducts an in-depth review of the deal

ORDER. PCC directs Uber Philippines to continue letting Filipinos availing of its ride-sharing services beyond April 8. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 4, 2018

Apr 04, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries at the Sultan Kudarat Sports and Cultural Center in the Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on April 2, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

As Uber gives up Philippine operations to Grab, what now for commuters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Obviously, it is not good. From a duopoly, it becomes a monopoly,' warns an economist

TAKE OVER. Starting July 8, all Uber drivers will migrate to the Grab platform after a merger deal. Uber office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber drivers in Southeast Asia moving to Grab in 2 weeks

Mar 26, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Uber's operations in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, will only be available until April 8, following the sale to Grab

QC police arrests Uber driver for allegedly harassing female rider

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Uber partner-driver Troy Silva is accused of harassing his sleeping female passenger

LTFRB limits cars under ride-hailing apps to 45,700

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:07 PM

LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada says Grab has around 55,000 units, while Uber has around 70,000

CAPPED. LTFRB sets a limit to the number of TNVS drivers. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH privacy commission summons Uber execs over data breach

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The meeting on November 23 is part of the 'formal breach notification procedure' required under the Philippines' Data Privacy Act of 2012

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: What's the government's problem with ride-sharing companies?

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:06 PM

What's behind the government's crackdown on Uber?

Uber pays P190-M fine but still suspended

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The LTFRB still requires Uber to submit proof that it has paid its drivers P299 24 million during the days they were not allowed to ply the streets

STILL SUSPENDED. Uber submits incomplete requirements to lift its suspension. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

A day without Uber

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:49 AM

How were the last two weeks for you?

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LTFRB to Uber: Pay P190 million, we'll lift suspension

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:49 PM

UPDATED The LTFRB bases the fine on the daily earnings of Uber which it estimates to earn between P7 million and P10 million per day by servicing at least 150 000 trips a day

SUSPENSION CONVERTED. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra faces media to explain their stand on transport network companies. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Uber to give financial aid to its drivers

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Drivers will get assistance based on their performance for the past 28 days

AFFECTED UBER DRIVER. Ronan Barrientos is one of the 60,000 Uber drivers who will be affected by the LTFRB suspension. File photo by Raisa Serafica

Transport groups file complaint vs Uber for 'wanting to be above the law'

Aug 16, 2017 - 8:45 PM

These groups say Uber s unauthorized vehicles would [wreak] havoc [on] the country s transport plans and programs

DEADLOCK. Traffic along Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong on August 15, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

As Uber hits the brakes, TNC applicants eye share of riders

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

At stake is a demand of 300 000 phone booked trips per day the LTFRB estimates

WAITING. UBER office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

An Uber driver's fear: That's my only source of income

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:41 PM

What if LTFRB s suspension of the transport network company extends beyond 30 days?

Leader of TNVS drivers' group: Uber at fault

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:35 PM

TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel hopes Uber will learn its lesson and fully comply with regulations

DEMAND. TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel says Uber must provide for their drivers now forbidden to ply the roads. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Taxi operators: Asking for higher fares is like Uber, Grab surge pricing

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Pagka ang pasahero magpapahatid sa lugar na matraffic malulugi yung driver says the head of the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association

ALLOWED. Unaccredited taxis arrive for the arriving passengers in Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

Uber to LTFRB: Don't impose ancient rules on technological innovations

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:25 PM

What we are asking for is the right regulation and right process We cannot impose 1900s level of regulation says Uber s Yves Gonzalez

REGULATIONS. Uber Philippines has asked the government to stop imposing ancient rules on today's technology innovations. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

LTFRB 'shocked' that Uber, Grab have over 100,000 drivers

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Uber tells lawmakers in a House hearing that it has more than 66 000 drivers while Grab says it has over 52 000

RISING VOLUME. This is the second time the government suspends acceptance of TNVS applications. Rappler file photo

LTFRB eyes 'minimum working hours' for Grab, Uber drivers

Jul 27, 2017 - 12:36 PM

LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says this will ensure that the ride hailing services fulfill their duty to serve the public and deter the practice of operating only when surge prices are high

MINIMUM HOURS. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says providing public service means having fixed hours of work. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LTFRB orders Grab, Uber to deactivate drivers registered after June 30

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:37 PM

LTFRB reiterates its order for Uber to submit its master list of drivers as the agency has only received Grab s

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Gov't tells PUV operators: Step up because of Grab, Uber

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The DOTr urges public utility vehicle operators to ensure good service while the LTFRB says the popularity of ride hailing firms should be taken as a wake up call

STEP UP. DOTr undersecretary Thomas Orbos tells PUV operators to do better because of Uber and Grab. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab, Uber riders only a minority – LTFRB

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Sila lang ho yung maingay sa social media [but] definitely government will not budge we will not be allowed or influenced because of social media LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada says

FAIRNESS. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada vows to treat other public utility vehicle operators equally as with Grab and Uber. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LTFRB clarifies: Tugade wants share in Grab, Uber taxes

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:25 PM

LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III points out: If some 26 600 Grab and Uber drivers are not registered then how can government go after them for taxes?

COLORUM ONLY. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III says Tugade referred to Grab and Uber drivers who are not properly registered. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

No apprehension of Grab, Uber drivers until LTFRB ruling

Jul 20, 2017 - 12:14 PM

UPDATED Undocumented Grab and Uber drivers can continue to operate without fear of apprehension until the LTFRB decides on the Motion for Reconsideration filed by the transport network companies

Tugade wants government share of Grab and Uber earnings

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade says ride sharing services should be regulated financially too because it is no longer a service done in the spare time of operators

SHARE. Transport secretary Arthur Tugade wants the government to have a chip off the earnings of Grab and Uber. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Grab, Uber to file motion for reconsideration vs LTFRB

Jul 19, 2017 - 5:37 PM

When filed the apprehension of Grab and Uber drivers without permits which is set to begin on July 26 will be put on hold

RECONSIDER. Grab and Uber unite to ask the LTFRB to withhold apprehending on July 26.

LTFRB to hold talks with Uber, Grab on 'colorum' drivers

Jul 18, 2017 - 9:25 PM

UPDATED The meeting will take place behind closed doors on Wednesday July 19

COMPROMISE. The LTFRB expects both Grab and Uber to fix the 'mess' that came after both companies ignored the board's order.

Ex-chairman Ginez urges LTFRB: Listen to Uber, Grab users

Jul 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

This comes after WeWantGrabUber trends for the second day and a petition supporting app based transport services gets more than 100 000 signatures

COMMUTER IS KING. Former LTFRB chief Winston Ginez says users need to be heard in the discussion on regulating transport network companies. File photo from Agence France-Presse

LTFRB halts apprehension order vs undocumented Uber, Grab drivers

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:36 PM

They have a breathing space until July 26

REGULATED. The LTFRB has had difficulty in imposing rules over transport network companies as the Philippines is the first country to regulate app-based transport services.

Grab, Uber drivers ask LTFRB to lift ban on new driver applications

Jul 07, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The drivers are petitioning a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board order halting the processing of new drivers applications issued in July 2016

UNITED. Drivers from Uber and Grab come together to urge the LTFRB to lift their ban against new driver applications. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Only 1 in 20 trips affected by fare shock – Uber PH

Dec 22, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Uber PH addresses concerns about its new upfront fare system

UPFRONT FARES. Photo from Uber

WATCH: Musician Johnoy Danao talks about his Uber-driving experience

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Singer songwriter Johnoy Danao recounts his 3 month stint as an Uber driver


Carmageddon: Why are there so many cars in Metro Manila?

Aug 15, 2015 - 7:25 PM

In the evening a cursory look at a mobile navigation app will show the Metro’s highways and streets splattered with blood red lines indicating heavy traffic