Duterte On Taxi Drivers Who Overcharge: 'I Am Ordering Police To Arrest Them For Estafa. That's A Crime.'


President Rodrigo Duterte threatened taxi drivers to shape up or else.

On an interview Thursday night, the President warned taxi drivers against charging "exorbitant fares;" he stated that they will be charged with estafa for swindling passengers.

Duterte also suggested that instead of filing complaints at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), passengers should report it to the police instead.

"Kasi ang mga tao, the usual advice is i-report ka sa LFTRB [sic], eh ang LFTRB hindi pulis 'yan. Walang tao 'yan to enforce the rules," says Duterte.

"'Yung mga gano'n, you are short-changing the riding public. Ito sabihin ko sa inyo: Kayong mga kino-collect more than usual, or exorbitant fares, you go to the police," he advised.

"They're around Metro Manila. May communications 'yan. They can flash an alarm. I am ordering the police to arrest them."

When asked for what crime, the President said:

"For estafa. That's a crime. Swindling."

He explained that although it cannot be considered as theft, it does count as a "form of swindling."

He also emphasized that public utility vehicles such as taxis and jeepneys are now required to post a large ID which states one's true name and number located at the back of the driver's seat, a policy being imposed on his hometown Davao since he served as mayor.


Duterte On Taxi Drivers Who Overcharge:  'I Am Ordering Police To Arrest Them For Estafa. That's A Crime.'
Source: TNP , GMANetwork

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