Authorities nabbed 2 taxi drivers over fake meters

admin   •   March 29, 2018   •   5775

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, CAAP announce partial operations at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has announced resumption of partial operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday (January 13).

Departure operations already resumed at 10:00 a.m. while arrival operations resumed at 12:00 p.m.

Authorities say separation time between flights will be longer, in order to give MIAA and CAAP better capability in managing terminal and runway capacities.

“Priority will be given to departure flights, so that the NAIA ramps may be cleared of planes parked thereat since last night. Second priority will be given to regular scheduled flights for today,” the statement reads.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal appealed to passengers to continue coordinating with the airlines to confirm their updated flight schedules.

“We request the passengers to make sure that their flights can leave before proceeding to the airport,” he said.

MIAA began clearing the runways, taxiways and ramps of ash fall since 4:00 a.m. on Monday.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020

An ash column from erupting Taal Volcano looms over Tagaytay city, Philippines, 12 January 2020. According to media reports, evacuations are underway as the volcano spewed ash as high as 1,000 meters into the sky. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said flight suspension due to the effects of Taal eruption will “remain until further notice”.

The CAAP along with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced on Sunday (January 12) that the suspension of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will have to go beyond the initial 11:00 p.m. scheduled re-opening.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal reported that runways and ramps in NAIA have already accumulated ash due to the Taal volcano eruption.

He also appealed to passengers not to proceed to NAIA, and to check with their respective airlines about updates of flights. He further advised that the MIAA will be shutting down some air handling units to avoid ash ingestion.

Airline operators were also tasked by the CAAP and thr MIAA to attend to their passengers and make sure that there are ground staff to assist them.

There are a total of 172 flights have been affected with 169 cancelled flights and three diverted flights.

Passengers may call the following NAIA Flight information numbers:

Terminal 1 (88771-109 local 2181)
Terminal 2 (88771-109 local 2182)
Terminal 3 (88777-888 local 2183)
Terminal 4 (88771-109 local 2184)
MIAA SMS Hotline 0917-8396242
MIAA Hotline 88771-111
Or check our Facebook Page and Twitter @MIAAGovPh

LTO summons doctor to explain behavior in viral road rage video

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has summoned the doctor in a viral road rage video as it sought his explanation over his rude behavior.

In a Facebook post, the LTO said it has issued on Monday a show cause order against the physician, identified as Tomas Joaquin Mendez, to explain why his license should not be suspended or revoked over the incident.

The agency cited Section 27 of the Land Transportation and Traffic code which provides the authority to suspend, and the exclusive power to revoke any driver’s license issued if it has reason to believe that the holder is an improper person to operate motor vehicles, or as an accessory to, the commission of any crime or act which endangers the public.

The agency also directed Mendez in its order to appear at the Intelligence and Investigation Division of the LTO Central Office in Quezon City on Dec. 5.

“He is also to file a Sworn Explanation/Comment and show cause on why he should not be administratively liable under Section 27 of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code,” the LTO said in a statement.

This came after Mendez was caught in a video circulating online hurling expletives against other drivers in two road traffic altercations.

If Mendez fails to appear and submit his sworn explanation, the LTO said it will be construed as a waiver of his right to be heard in the proceeding.

“He will, however, be informed of the result of the evaluation of his case,” the agency added.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier tagged Mendez’s action as an example of abusive behavior and misconduct in a motorist.

It also reminded drivers to remain calm when involved in similar road incidents to avoid hurting other people.

“Inuulit po namin ang paalala sa mga motorista na maging mahinahon at huwag daanin sa init ng ulo o sa antas ng pamumuhay kung sakaling masangkot sa isang traffic incident,” the DOTr said.

“Hangad natin ay isang lipunan kung saan pantay-pantay tayong susunod sa mga alituntunin at batas trapiko, at iginagalang natin ang karapatan at dignidad ng bawat isa,” it added.


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