Ba’t commuter ang mag-aadjust? Abayon hits Delgra’s bias for taxis

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AANGAT Tayo party-list Rep. Neil Abayon has slammed Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra for advising commuters to “assert” their right when it comes to dealing with erring taxi drivers.

In a statement Sunday (August 27), Abayon said drivers of taxis and other public utility vehicles should be the ones accommodating passengers’ needs.

He said it was “unrealistic” for all passengers to be aware of their rights since not all of them are lawyers.

“In Chairman Delgra’s mind, it seems taxis can get away with violationa because we commuters are not assertive enough but TNVS (transport network vehicle service) must be penalized outright by the LTFRB because they do not comply with the law and LTFRB directives,” Abayon said.

Delgra told UNTV last week that passengers should act to change some taxi drivers’ “culture” of rejecting passengers.

“Ang nangyayari kasi, there has been a change of social behavior ng mga tao, na kapag naghanap ka ng taxi, ang ina-anticipate mo ay tatanggihan ka, when in fact ‘yang taxi na ‘yan serves a public service,” he said.

“Ibig sabihin, since nagseserbisyo publiko sila, they (passengers) have to demand that service from them. Meaning, as what the President has been saying, kapag may ganung klaseng situation, assert your right. Bago kayo magreklamo sa LTFRB, assert your right as passengers,” Delgra added.

Abayon said that while he lauds LTFRB for penalizing Uber, it appears to lack assertiveness in going after erring taxi drivers and operators.

“Now, against the other party, the taxis, it seems they require us, the public, to be the ones being assertive and they all of a sudden seem to have lost their desire to be served. I will let the riding public be the judge of the Chairman’s partiality,” he said.