Uber says sorry to LTFRB for 'misunderstanding'

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2017 11:38 AM | Updated as of Aug 16 2017 11:54 AM

MANILA - A top Uber official on Wednesday apologized to Philippine transport regulators, as the ride-sharing service sought to address a 1-month long suspension that has affected commuters.

"If there's been a misunderstanding in the past, that’s on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding," Uber Technologies Southeast Asia manager Michael Brown told Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra.

Delgra accepted the apology but asked Uber to follow Philippine laws.

"This is not a fight. We’re trying to work together here to address public transportation issues," Delgra told Brown.

The two spoke with each other briefly before the start of a Senate committee hearing on Uber's predicament.

The LTFRB on Tuesday denied Uber's appeal to lift the suspension, just hours after it was filed.

Uber halted operations at 6 a.m. Tuesday, only to resume before noon after it filed its motion for reconsideration. The LTFRB's denial was handed down late in the evening.