The driver of this Easy taxi unit was involved in overcharging a foreign tourist using a fake tariff.
MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) have arrested the taxi driver who went viral on social media for contracting his Chinese passenger using a fake taxi meter.
MIAA intelligence and investigation division said that it has discovered the modus operandi of the suspect through the video posted by food vlogger Mikey Chen.
The driver allegedly charged Chen P2,300 taxi fare from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 last January 27.
Chen said he was able to bargain the price down to P1,500.
The suspect did not deny the allegations.
“Eh sinubukan ko lang. Isang beses lang ‘yon Sir,” said the suspect.
(I just tried it once.)
“Pinagbigyan na kayo ng MIAA para kumuha ng mga pasahero doon kasi kulang yung yellow metered. Huwag ninyong abusuhin,” said Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Atty. Aileen Lizada.
(MIAA gave you a chance to pick up passengers at the airport because there is a lack of yellow metered taxis. Don’t abuse it.)
The operator of the taxi was fined P100, 200 while the vehicle will be impounded for three months.
The license of the driver might be canceled or be included in the blacklist of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Meanwhile, a taxi driver was also apprehended for using a tampered taximeter.
Personnel of MIAA discovered the fraud when they inspected the yellow taxi.
The control was hidden under the driver’s seat.
It is a device used to speed up the taximeter.
“This is already fraud. You are employing another device para mas bumilis. You are tampering already with the meter na. ‘Yan ho ay calibrated and sealed para hindi ninyo galawin,” said Lizada.
(This is already fraud. You are employing another device to make it run faster. You are tampering already with the meter. That is calibrated and sealed so that you cannot not tamper with it.)
The yellow metered taxi will be impounded for three months and its operator will have to pay a fine of P120,000. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
MIAA to replace passenger boarding bridges in NAIA 1
FILE PHOTO: Passengers in NAIA Terminal 2 (Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Decades-old passenger boarding bridges at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will soon be replaced with new and modern ones, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that nine modern aerobridges will be opened at the NAIA Terminal 1, replacing the rickety ones to further improve their services and for the safety and convenience of air travelers.
The passenger boarding bridges connect the airport walkway directly to the aircraft.
Monreal added that the new bridges will be made of glass, airconditioned and equipped with CCTV cameras.
He noted that the old aerobridges have been in use since the 1970s so it is high time to replace them.
“That’s more than 30 plus years then some of the bridges frequently bogs down which delays the departure and arrival of passengers,” said MIAA General Eddie Monreal.
He added that the nine units are just part of Phase 1 and eleven more are expected to be delivered from China next year. The project costs about P300 million.
Meanwhile, MIAA also appeals for more time from Congress to implement the proposed terminal assignment to decongest NAIA.
The agency explained that they will not be able to meet the August deadline initially set by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as they are still planning to renovate Terminal 2.
“When we rehabilitate and renovate Terminal 2, we will do it in phases because we cannot shut it down due to our operations. If we do so, it will further decrease Terminal 2 capacity which will definitely affect the usability of the terminal,” said the general manager.
Monreal estimates the rehabilitation to take more than a year. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
LTO launches online appointment system for license renewal
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has launched today its online appointment and scheduling system.
The system will facilitate the faster renewal of driver’s license and registration of vehicles. LTO is in collaboration with a private IT firm Stradcom in implementing the project.
LTO said the system will shorten application and registration transactions to 45 minutes as compared to the long process of walk-in applications.
LTO will designate a special lane in all its district offices to accommodate those who have online appointments.
“Dito mag log-in ka lang i-set mo yung appointment mo and then pagpunta mo dun sa LTO sa area ng online duon aasikasuhin ka na lahat hindi kana magpapali-palipat ng window,” LTO’s Chief of IT Division Rector Antiga.
“In the new system, you just log-in and set your appointment. When you go to LTO, go to the online area where your concerns will be processed; no need to move from one window to another.)
LTO, however, clarified that the online appointment system only caters to the renewal of driver’s license and vehicle registrations, not to new or first-time applications.
The system is now operational in five LTO district offices in Muntinlupa, Pasig, Novaliches, Marikina and in LTO Central Office in Quezon City.
Those who wish to apply for appointment may visit www.lto.gov.ph. Just click “LTO Online Pass” on the menu and fill up the appropriate application form. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
LTO inaugurates latest plate-making facility
Number plate embossing machine
MANILA, Philippines —The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will open its newest plate-making facility today, 24 April 2018, coinciding with the celebration of the agency’s 106th year anniversary.
The factory is stationed at the LTO central office compound in Quezon City where it houses seven manual embossing machines that can produce 22,000 plates per day.
Meanwhile, the automated embossing machine that can produce 12,000 plates per day is expected to be delivered in July. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue