Coleen Garcia, Enchong Dee, Maris Racal slam LTFRB amid Uber, Grab woes

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Coleen Garcia, Enchong Dee, Maris Racal, and other celebrities joined netizens' protest against LTFRB's ongoing battle with ride-hailing companies Uber and Grab, which are deemed safer and more convenient means of public transport for daily commuters. 


A number of local celebrities have weighed in on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) order stating that, effective July 27, drivers of ride-hailing companies will be apprehended and their cars impounded upon failure to show necessary documents for operation. 

LTFRB issued this decision after it slapped a P5-million fine against transport network companies (TNC) Uber and Grab for allowing some of their transport network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers to operate without legal permits—or what is commonly called in Pinoy slang as “colorum” public transport vehicles.

Note that the accreditation of Grab has already expired, while Uber is set to end in August.

At the same time, LTFRB has stopped issuing permits to TNVS drivers since July 21 last year.

This caused a backlash among showbiz personalities, along with hundreds of netizens, who complained about LTFRB’s order amid its failure to provide safe and convenient means of public transport for daily commuters.

In a series of Twitter posts, Coleen Garcia related how TNVS has provided not just a safe public transport, but an affordable one, especially during rush hours.

Sports reporter Cesca Litton also echoed the same sentiments.

Enchong Dee, on the other hand, alluded to possible money-making business behind LTFRB’s order.

I Heart Davao star Benjamin Alves pointed that TNVS is a “safer” option for commuters. 

Bloody Crayons star Maris Racal is also affected by growing concerns over fewer number of TNVS amid the impending ban against drivers without legal permits.

Theater actor Ricci Chan, on the other hand, sarcastically congratulated the government for being "consistent" in its quest for "progress."

Bianca Gonzalez, for her part, reposted netizens’ concerns over LTFRB’s ongoing battle with Uber and Grab.

Alex Medina also reposted Enchong's short but strong statement against LTFRB.

Last but definitely not the least, Saab Magalona complained about LTFRB's lack of understanding over commuters's public transport concerns.  

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