LTFRB seeks probe on viral screengrab


Posted at Aug 22 2017 02:02 PM

MANILA - Transport regulators on Tuesday called for an investigation into a viral screengrab of a Facebook chat on its official account.

The reply of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to the question posed by a Facebook user appeared to have been altered, according to its chairman, Martin Delgra.

A screenshot of the exchange posted on television host James Deakin's Facebook page has gotten nearly 13,000 shares and 19,000 reactions.

Delgra said he spoke with the person who responded to the query on whether friends or officemates who carpool can be penalized like ride-sharing service Uber for "colorum" or unlicensed operations.

"He told me na iba 'yung sagot niya doon sa nag-viral. That is why we will now be calling the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to investigate how that happened kasi iba ang lumabas sa lumabas na screenshot," he said.

(He told me his reply was different from the one that went viral. That is why we will now be calling the NBI to investigate how that happened because the screenshot is different.)

The LTFRB Citizen Enforcer account replied "Yes sir" to the colorum question.

Delgra said the actual reply was more elaborate and the screengrab was "just being hyped" online.

The actual answer, he said, was: "When you take in a passenger for a fee, then you undertake a public transportation service. If you don't, wala (No). If you take in a friend for a fee, that's it. It's a very simple rule to follow."