Online outrage as LTFRB suspends Uber

Don Kevin Hapal
Online outrage as LTFRB suspends Uber
Many say the suspension of ride-hailing company Uber would be a 'hassle for commuters'

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters took to social media to express their anger as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered on Monday, August 14, the suspension of Uber operations for one month. 

This comes after the ride-hailing company defied the board’s order, which directed all transport network companies (TNCs) to stop accrediting drivers into their systems starting July 26, 2017.

In an advisory, the LTFRB said it “strongly recommended” that Uber give financial assistance to its peer-operators who would be affected since the latter “would not have suffered the current predicament were it not for the predatory actions” of Uber.

Users of the ride-hailing application were quick to react on Twitter, arguing that the suspension would be a “hassle for commuters.”

“LTFRB” and “Uber TNVS” trended on Twitter almost as soon as the news broke.


What will Uber passengers use in the meantime?



There were others, however, who support the LTFRB’s decision to suspend Uber for “violating rules and regulations.”




The mood meter on Rappler’s story about the suspension also showed that most readers felt “angry.”

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.