Abaya, Ginez face graft raps for allowing Uber, Grab to operate

  • Abaya and Ginez are facing graft raps for allowing the operation of Uber and Grab
  • Vehicle services are allegedly illegally operating without a franchise as required by law
  • Ginez dismissed the complaint as a ‘desperate move’ from the transport group 

A public transportation group on Monday filed a graft complaint against Department of Transportation (DOTC) chairman Jun Abaya and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chief Winston Ginez for allowing the allegedly illegal operation of transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) such as Uber, Grabcar, and U-Hop.

In a  complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday, June 20, Jun Magno of the Angat Tsuper Samahanan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization Transport Coalition (Stop & Go) Inc., said Abaya, Ginez, and representatives from the TNVS must be investigated for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, as per an article published by GMA News.

According to Magno, Abaya and Ginez approved the operations of TNVS in 2015; giving them an undue advantage to operate without securing a certificate of public convenience and to the disadvantage of taxi operators and public utility vehicle drivers who lose passengers, and consequently, income, because of the influx of TNVS, as per an article published by Inquirer.

“Even before the issuance of the respondents of the said department order and memorandum circulars, it already deeply affected the rights of the complainants’ officers and members being concerned citizens, taxpayers, operators and drivers of public utility vehicles. Many taxi drivers transferred to TNVS as they could allegedly have relatively good income, passengers of taxis and AUV express decreased tremendously as commuting public tried the use of TNVS resulting to loss of income of operators and drivers of these taxis and AUV express,” the complaint read.

Ginez dismissed the complaint as a “desperate move” by Magno and his group.

“After failing to convince the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City in granting his prayer for injunction against DOTC and LTFRB in implementing the Department Order and Memorandum Circulars creating TNVS as a new mode of public transportation, Mr. Magno is resorting to pernicious act of forum shopping to dissuade us from providing our commuting public with safe, reliable, convenient and comfortable transportation that is sanctioned by our existing transportation laws,” Ginez said.