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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.

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

Senators slam Grab's 'predatory pricing, overcharging'

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian calls on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to require Grab to provide a breakdown of charges in its receipts

AFTERMATH. Discussion with the Philippine privacy watchdog comes after Uber sold its entire Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB lowers Grab surge pricing cap amid illegal fare allegation

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Effective immediately, the 1.5x surge pricing cap applies to all ride-hailing services offered by Grab

LOWER SURGE. Grab spokesperson Leo Gonzalez says the company will comply with the LTFRB ruling. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LTFRB: Uber can only operate until April 15

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says Uber should resolve its issues with the Philippine Competition Commission before closing down – 'the sooner, the better'

HEARING. LTFRB holds a special hearing on the renewal of Uber's accreditation on April 11, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

No newly accredited ride-hailing apps yet – LTFRB

Apr 09, 2018 - 2:30 PM

LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada makes the statement after Transportation Assistant Secretary Elvira Medina said 4 new companies have been accredited

TNVS. LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada talks to reporters during a TNVS forum held by Grab on January 9, 2018. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Better for Uber to stop operations on April 8 – LTFRB

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'Their apps might be up but is the back system in place? Is the full support in place?' LTFRB Board Member Aileen Lizada says following the Philippine Competition Commission order for Uber and Grab to continue separate operations pending a review of their deal

CLOSE DOWN. The LTFRB wants Uber to close down if they don't want enough manpower to deal with customer grievances. PHOTO FROM SHUTTERSTOCK

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

PCC asks Uber, Grab to continue separate operations beyond April 8

Apr 05, 2018 - 4:35 PM

(UPDATED) But Uber Asia Pacific chief business officer Brooks Entwistle says the company no longer has the capital and people to continue its operations in the Philippines and 7 other markets

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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

Uber drivers' transition to Grab pushes through amid PCC review

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Grab says it will 'prepare the necessary documents and share information required' by the Philippine Competition Commission

PH Competition Commission begins review of Grab-Uber merger

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:10 PM

This is after the Philippine Competition Commission's preliminary assessment shows that the transaction may hurt commuters and drivers

PCC warns Grab-Uber deal may have 'far-reaching impact' on commuters

Apr 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission notes that Uber's exit would lead to Grab monopolizing the ride-sharing market

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KIM'S FIRST TRIP ABROAD. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CCTV

Philippines' privacy watchdog summons Grab after deal with Uber

Mar 27, 2018 - 7:20 PM

With Grab becoming the biggest ride-sharing platform in the Philippines after the exit of Uber, the National Privacy Commission wants to ensure that the company is properly protecting users' data

AFTERMATH. Discussion with the Philippine privacy watchdog comes after Uber sold its entire Southeast Asian business to rival Grab. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

Grab, Uber partners can now drive ‘worry-free’

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:17 PM

With the LTFRB now accepting again franchise applications, Grab and Uber drivers no longer have to worry about getting apprehended on the road for being ‘colorum’

FIRST. Juliet Bulaon, Grab partner, is the first applicant who finished processing her application for Provisional Authority on March 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

Current Grab drivers seek to be prioritized in permit application

Jan 30, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says it will review the limit on the number of vehicles for ride-hailing apps

TNVS. Grab Philippines Head Brian Cu urged LTFRB to increase the common supply base for Transport Network Vehicle Services in a press conference on January 30, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Uber Philippines seeks fare hike, citing tax reform law

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) From the current P5.70 fare per kilometer for UberX, the ride-hailing service firm proposes to increase it to P9 to P12, depending on the time of the day

FARE HIKE PETITION. Under the petition, proposed fare per kilometer for UberX will increase to P9-P12, depending on the time of the day, from the current P5.70

'Hindi makatarungan': Grab, Uber drivers slam LTFRB for limiting cars

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Papatayin ninyo ang hanapbuhay ng mga Pilipino,' says TeamSpeed, a group of Grab and Uber drivers

AFFECTED UBER DRIVER. A group of Grab and Uber drivers wants the LTFRB to reconsider their order capping cars driving for ride-hailing applications. File photo by Raisa Serafica

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

Fare hike? Uber to gauge impact of new taxes first

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Uber Philippines says it will take a 'holistic approach' and consider various factors before it files its fare hike petition

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

171,000 Filipinos affected by 2016 data breach – Uber

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Uber says exposed were the phone numbers, email addresses and registered names of affected Filipino users

UBER. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP


Uber, DPWH join forces for better traffic planning

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ride-hailing company will share traffic data with the government to help analyze how infrastructure projects affect traffic

Rappler readers share how they really feel about Manila traffic and parking issues

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Traffic has not only affected our personal schedules, but also takes time away to spend with loved ones. This Rappler-led survey digs deeper into how traffic changes our lives every single day

Uber confirms PH users affected by massive data breach

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:57 PM

However, the company is unable to provide details as to how many were actually exposed in the 2016 incident


With emojis, hugot phrases, even Hangul, people shared how traffic made them feel

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:02 PM

On Friday, November 17, Uber screened their Boxes film live along 5th Avenue, BGC – and invited passers-by to share their thoughts on traffic in Manila

CONVERSATION: How can we help solve parking and traffic problems in the city?

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Congestion is an issue that affects motorists, commuters, and everyone who needs to move around Metro Manila. Read on what people have to say about the metro's traffic and parking issues

Unlocking better opportunities in our cities

Nov 07, 2017 - 12:05 PM

When we free up our roads and parking spaces, we create room for progress – and more breathing space for our lives

Grab, Uber ordered to put LTFRB stickers on their cars

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The stickers will allow commuters and law enforcers to easily spot Transport Network Vehicles (TNVs) on the road either for riding or apprehension, the LTFRB says

STICKER REQUIRED. LTFRB releases a new memorandum circular. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LTFRB to require drug testing for drivers

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Drivers of buses, jeepneys, taxis, and ride-hailing services like Grab and Uber will be included in a memorandum circular on mandatory drug testing

MANDATORY. LTFRB board member and spokesperson Aileen Lizada faces the media. Rappler file photo

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Sep 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Uber is back but what has the government done to fix the terrible traffic?

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Aug 29, 2017 - 7:06 PM

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LTFRB lifts Uber suspension

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Uber can operate in the Philippines again after the company paid a P190 million fine and provided compensation to its drivers

UBER BACK. The LTFRB allows the transportation giant to operate once more. File photo from Agence France-Presse

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

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Aug 29, 2017 - 9:49 AM

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P190-M fine should make Uber ‘rethink’ actions – Poe

Aug 26, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Senator Grace Poe however is quite disappointed the LTFRB released its decision late on Friday barring Uber from paying the penalty immediately

WELCOMED DECISION. Senate Grace Poe agrees with the LTFRB's decision to fine Uber P190 million in order to life its suspension. File photo by Senate PRIB

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

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LTFRB allows drivers to switch to Grab, U-Hop during Uber suspension

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The affected drivers should present proof of Uber accreditation and proof of insurance coverage

grab application on phone. Photo by Rob Reyes/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

Uber asks LTFRB to change suspension to fine

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will need one more week to hear the new request In the meantime Uber remains suspended

Photo from LTFRB

Uber apologizes to LTFRB for 'misunderstanding'

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:55 PM

If there s been a misunderstanding in the past that s on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding says Uber regional executive Michael Brown

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

Uber suspension stays as LTFRB junks appeal

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED Uber says it is disappointed but will comply with the one month suspension order

DENIED. LTFRB denies Uber's motion for reconsideration. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler