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Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

LTFRB wants Metro Manila Council to ban tricycles as school service

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board wants to ban tricycles as school transport service, citing children's safety on the road

SERVICE. Tricycles are considered a popular school transport service in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOTr to scrap bus rapid transit project

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The Department of Transportation requests for the cancellation of the bus rapid transit projects in Metro Manila and Cebu, citing infrastructure limitations. But officials and experts are not sold with the idea

House panel asks DOTr to allow motorcycles for hire

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Lawmakers and advocacy groups say doing so would ease the burden of commuters and help improve traffic

RIDE-HAILING SERVICES. House committee on Metro Manila Development urges the Department of Transportation to allow motorcycles to provide ride-hailing services. Photo from the House of Representatives

Global airport capacity crisis amid passenger boom – IATA

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The International Air Transport Association pushes for new airports but cautions against privatized ones, saying they have 'not lived up to airline expectations'

Passengers wait in long lines during a blackout at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City on September 18, 2017. A blackout in Panama's main international airport -- a major hub for Latin America -- caused many flight cancelations and delays on Monday. A malfunction in a circuit panel distributing power internally to the facility was to blame, according to the airport authority, which had set up a "crisis room" to handle the disruption.  / AFP PHOTO / Rodrigo ARANGUA

Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'Our Prime Minister made the announcement. We have our system of taxis,' adds the Turkish President

ROADBLOCKS. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber. Since its debut in 2010, Uber has grown into a worldwide phenomenon despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from traditional taxi operators. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

LOOK: Virac Airport's rehabilitated terminal to be inaugurated on June 1

May 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The passenger terminal building can now accommodate 300 passengers, from the previous 100

Virac Airport's rehabilitated terminal. Photo by DOTr-CAAP

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

Brazil, 9 days into grinding strike, still a transport hell

May 29, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The truck strike has been crippling fuel, food, and other freight across the continent-sized industrial and agricultural powerhouse

STRIKE. In thils file photo, members of the Brazilian Military Police and Sao Paulo's traffic police, stand beside a truck with its windscreen reading 'military intervention,' during an operation to clear blocked 'Rodoanel Mrio Covas' road, in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25 kilometers from Sao Paulo, Brazil on the sixth day of a truckers' strike protesting rising fuel costs, on May, 26, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Lawmaker accuses Grab of charging 'illegal' P80 minimum fare

May 28, 2018 - 7:25 PM

PBA Representative Jericho Nograles says the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board did not authorize this minimum fare

FARE MATRIX. Grab Philippines has an in-app information card on their fare matrix. Screenshots from the Grab app

Guadalupe-BGC Skytrain construction seen to start in 2018

May 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Transportation approves Infracorp Development Incorporated's proposed Skytrain monorail, which could be operational by early 2021

LTFRB rejects Palawan appeal to suspend anti-'colorum' campaign

May 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board instead promises to fast-track the franchise applications of qualified operators, amid concerns that tourism would be crippled

NO TO COLORUM. Palawan continues its operations against colorum vehicles in the province.

DOE's P300-M fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers 'still unaudited'

May 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Based on a COA report, it's not clear how the P300 million was used, and how many cards were loaded with cash

DOTr to revive unaudited fuel subsidies program for jeepney drivers

May 25, 2018 - 7:01 PM

With rising petroleum prices, the government is eyeing to revive a fuel subsidy program – which remains unaudited – for jeepney drivers towards the end of 2018

SUBSIDY. The transportation department is looking at giving subsidies to jeepney drivers amid higher oil prices.

An ill-fated meeting with a presidential sister

May 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'How can you say 'no'?' says sacked transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino about his decision to speak in person with the President's younger sister Jocellyn

Sacked DOTr exec apologizes to Duterte for 'embarrassing' him

May 25, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former transportation assistant secretary Mark Tolentino says he made no deals with Jocellyn Duterte, the President's younger sister, and stresses he only wants what's good for the Mindanao Railway Project

Grab asks LTFRB: Reimpose P2-per-minute charge

May 25, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Grab Philippines argues that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's suspension of the charges is an 'infringement' of the equal protection clause guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution

2 LTFRB staff face dismissal for extortion

May 25, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Amelita dela Cruz and Jean Gunda, both from LTFRB-National Capital Region (NCR), are facing a complaints for allegedly extorting money in exchange for vehicle franchises

How much are the fares of new ride-hailing apps?

May 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Aside from Grab and U-Hop, Filipino commuters can now choose from MiCab, HirNa, Owto, Hype, and Go Lag

RIDE-HAILING. Currently, there are 7 ride-hailing companies with accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

DOTr still in talks with NAIA Consortium over airport rehab terms

May 24, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Department of Transportation says there are still 'many conditionalities' to be discussed, including payment to the government

NEGOTIATIONS. The Department of Transportation is negotiating some terms in the proposal of the NAIA Consortium to rehabilitate, operate, and maintain the dilapidated international airport. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Converting LTO extension offices into regular ones will shorten lines – Poe

May 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

6 bills converting LTO extension offices into regular offices are approved on second reading on Tuesday, May 22

PUBLIC SERVICES. Senator Grace Poe holds a hearing about public services, the committee she chairs, on February 20, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Will Malacañang look into Mark Tolentino's Mindanao railway allegations?

May 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The sacked transportation official had accused 'higher-ups' of insisting on a foreign loan to fund the Mindanao railway. Will the Palace at least look into his claim?

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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Tugade suspends 2 officials over corruption allegations

May 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issues a 90-day suspension order against Cordillera Administrative Region Director Jesus Eduardo Natividad and Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas

CHIEF. In this file photo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade speaks at a conference on January 18, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte fires DOTr official for allegedly dealing with his sister

May 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino is accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in deals with one of his sisters

DOTr usec: Allegations over Mindanao Railway project 'false, uninformed'

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The Mindanao Railway will not be built with name-calling, rumor mongering, and grandstanding,' says Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan as he disputes the 'misleading' claims of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino

MALICE. Railways Undersecretary Timothy John Bartan (L) refutes allegations on derailing the Mindanao Railway project. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr exec accuses 'higher ups' of derailing Mindanao Railway project

May 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Another transportation official says the allegations of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino are 'completely untrue'

DELAY? Railways Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino accuse other transportation officials of delaying the Mindanao Railway project. File photo from Tolentino's Facebook page

Selection of new MRT3 maintenance provider moved to June

May 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

It will take 31 months and P16.985 billion to restore the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, based on talks between the Department of Transportation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

Tarlac LTO chief nabbed for possession of illegal drugs, explosives

May 10, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Rogel Yambao, Land Transportation Office-Tarlac OIC, is a high-value target, says the Police Regional Office 3

ARRESTED. Mugshots of Rogel Yambao, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Tarlac District Office OIC, are taken at the Police Regional Office 3. Photo from PRO3 Public Information Office

'King of the road': Meet the heir to the iconic Sarao jeepney business

May 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

For Ed Sarao, the jeepney is the lifeblood of the Philippines

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[Right of Way] The Sucat and Bicutan Problem, Part 2: What about Bicutan?

May 04, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Apparently, it's not just the Sucat interchange that's getting much flak in the South

DOJ downplays loss of P6.4B shabu case in Valenzuela, says Manila trial going 'well'

May 03, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) drops another case of drug transportation against the customs middlemen, but the main case at the Manila court continues

Bureau of Customs fixer Mark Taguba is escorted by NBI agents following his surrender, hours after a Manila court ordered his arrest for his alleged involvement with the P6.4-billion shabu shipment. Photo by Ben Nabong

Grab: Only 35,000 drivers serve 600,000 bookings per day

May 02, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Grab Philippines head Brian Cu also says 'driver numbers continue to drop' after the suspension of the P2-per-minute travel charge

NOT ENOUGH. Brian Cu, Grab Philippines head, says number of drivers not enough to serve the total bookings made on their app. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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May 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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LTO Western Visayas wants 1,800 ‘unregistered’ vehicles out of Boracay

May 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

‘This is not confiscation of vehicles. This is clearing Boracay of unregistered vehicles and submitting them for registration,’ says Land Transportation Office Region VI Director Rolando Ramos

PHASEOUT. The Land Transportation Office in Western Visayas says registered tricycles on the island will be phased out by August 2018. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

LTFRB accredits ride-hailing company Micab

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Micab, an app for booking taxis, is the 5th ride-hailing company approved this year, joining Hype, Hirna, Go Lag, and Owto

5TH ACCREDITED. Micab is a taxi ride-hailing company accredited by the LTFRB. Photo from Micab's Facebook page

BDO to finance modern jeepneys

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The bank will provide funding for 5 units dubbed Bagong Jeep, which will seat 24 and come with a speed limiter, CCTV camera, GPS, dashboard camera, and automated fare collection system

Image from BDO Unibank

Grab drivers won't see rider destination starting April 27

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) But during wee hours of the night, drivers will have an option to see passenger destination

DESTINATION MASKING. Grab Philippines says the destination masking will initially be rolled out to 25% of Grab drivers with historically low acceptance rate. Rappler file photo

Soldiers to get free MRT rides starting April 25

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Active military personnel should present their IDs to get free rides, under a one-year deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation

Grab sanctions nearly 500 drivers for excessive ride cancellation

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:15 PM

But Grab says the government's suspension of its P2-per-minute travel charge is also to blame for the mounting cancellations

EXCESSIVE CANCELLATION. Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says drivers with 10% and above cancellation rate per week will face sanctions like suspension and complete banning from the platform. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indonesia's Go-Jek eyes Philippine ride-hailing market

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:35 PM

After Uber's exit, a dominant Indonesian startup sets its sights on the country. More and more local firms are also applying for accreditation.

Sacked official, LTFRB chief trade corruption allegations

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Former regional director Jun Abrazaldo confronts LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III before the oath-taking ceremony of new LTFRB Bicol director Vladimir Custer Kahulugan

LTRFB CHIEF. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III speaks at the turnover ceremony at LTFRB Bicol on April 21, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

LTFRB approves 4th ride-hailing company Go Lag

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Go Lag joins Hype and Hirna as the newest member of the transport network companies the LTFRB has accredited

NEW TNC. Go Lag joins the transport network companies accredited by LTFRB. Photo from Go Lag's Facebook page

LTFRB restores Grab's 2x price surge cap

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board restores Grab Philippines' surge pricing cap to 2 times the normal fare after it accredits new ride-hailing companies

HEARING. LTFRB restores Grab Philippines surge pricing cap at 2.0 times the fare.

[Right of Way] The Sucat and Bicutan Problem, Part 1: PH's most complex intersection?

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Sucat, the bane of the motorists and commuters of the South. How to deal with this chokepoint?

Grab appeals suspension of P2-per-minute charge

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Grab Philippines says the suspension order is 'contrary to the law' and would 'cause irreparable damage' to riders and drivers

RECONSIDER. Grab Philippines' lawyer John Paul Nabua submits to the LTFRB a motion for reconsideration against the suspension of the P2-per-minute charges. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

Dalian confident Chinese trains for MRT will pass weight test

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Li Depu of China-based Dalian says they are subjecting their trains to a test by the German-based TUV Rheinland to refute allegations they are too heavy for the MRT's tracks

OVERWEIGHT? Dalian CRRC general manager for overseas business Li Depu says their trains for Manila's MRT will pass the weight test conducted by TUV Rheinland. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Grab to appeal LTFRB suspension of P2-per-minute travel charge

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:15 PM

'If our drivers lose income because of traffic in Metro Manila, they might stop working as a TNVS driver and that would mean fewer vehicles to serve the public,' says Grab Philippines head Brian Cu

RIDE-HAILING. Brian Cu speaks during press conference in Quezon City on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, after the hearing on the alleged illegal fares. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler