It’s ‘Uber’ now: Netizens furious at LTFRB for sting operation

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Once again, the issue of transportation in the metro becomes fodder for angry netizens

MANILA, Philippines – From horrific traffic jams to derailed MRT trains, transportation in Metro Manila has become fodder for the fury of many netizens.

This time around, the source of their ire was the sting operation conducted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on ride-sharing service Uber on Wednesday, October 22. It said a partner car of Uber had no franchise to be public vehicle and would be fined P200,000.

A number of netizens felt robbed of the safe and comfortable trips Uber provides, and chastised the LTFRB for focusing on this sting operation instead of working on the troublesome state of public transportation, as well as exploitative taxi drivers. 

Uber’s Philippine team said the operation was not fairly conducted, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said the LTFRB should instead look for ways to help companies like Uber that help provide convenient transport to commuters.

Below are some tweets on the issue. Do you feel the same way as these folks? 

How do you feel about the sting operation? Was the LTFRB just doing its job, or was it wrong of them to act on Uber in the first place? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below! – 

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