Authorities nabbed 2 taxi drivers over fake meters

admin   •   March 29, 2018   •   5277

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 warns public against taxi drivers with tampered meters

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2019

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) warns the public against abusive drivers who use tampered meters.

Authorities received a report from a passenger who rode a taxi from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Alabang. His fare went up to P630 which should have cost around P350-P400 only.

Authorities immediately conducted an investigation and will file a case against the driver.

Proven violators will have their operator’s franchise and driver’s license revoked.

The MIAA reminded the public to immediately report these incidents to authorities through their Facebook account or hotline, (02) 8771111. They can also message NAIA at 0917-839-6242.—AAC

MIAA declares flight cancellations amid public protests in Hong Kong

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2019

Police fire tear gas to disperse Hong Kong protesters | Courtesy: Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) declared flight cancellations to Hong Kong on Monday (August 5) due to the massive protests that affected airport operations in the autonomous territory.

The following flights for Monday have been cancelled:


Cathay Pacific

  • CX907 – HKG – MNL
  • CX906 – MNL – HKG
  • CX919 – HKG – MNL
  • CX918 – MNL – HKG-
  • CX903 – HKG – MNL
  • CX902 – MNL – HKG
  • CX935 – HKG – MNL
  • CX934 – MNL – HKG
  • CX939 – HKG – MNL


Philippine Airlines

  • PR318 – MNL – HKG
  • PR319 – HKG – MNL
  • PR306 – MNL – HKG
  • PR307 – HKG – MNL

The following are the flights already cancelled for Tuesday (August 6):


Cathay Pacific

  • CX912 – MNL – HKG
  • CX976 – MNL – HKG

Affected passengers are advised to check the status of their flights through their respective airlines as well as for options for rebooking and refunding.

The almost month-long public protests have been paralyzing Hong Kong’s businesses with protesters blocking commuter trains and storming airport premises amid call against China-initiated extradition bill and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Reports said even aviation workers are also planning to join the protest.

Foreign tourist lauds MIAA police officers for recovering missing bag

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2019

A Japanese national is grateful to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for assisting him after he left his bag inside a bus last July 21.

Shirakashi boarded a Point-to-Point bus (P2P) from Baguio en route to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. He was about to take an airport loop bus when he noticed that his bag was missing.

Airport Police Officers Mark Anthony Catillo, Jonel Basa and Christian Galulu sensed Shirakashi was in trouble so they immediately attended to the report. They were able to recover the bag at the JOY bus terminal in Pasay City.

The bag contained cash amounting to PhP 3,000, assorted identification cards, credit card and important documents.

“I salute the effort exerted by the police officers who helped me recover my bag, ” Shirakashi said.—AAC


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