• Abaya, Ginez charged with graft

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    Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Winston Ginez were charged with graft at the Office of the Ombudsman for allowing three transport companies to operate without certificate of public convenience (CPC) for Transportation Network Vehicles Services (TNVS).

    Also named respondents were Uber Systems Inc., MyTaxi.PH, Inc. (GrabCar), and U-Hop, Inc.

    In his complaint, Pascual Magno Jr., who identified himself as the representative of Angat Tsuper Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization Transport Coalition (Stop & Go), Inc., said the respondents “tolerated the operations of these transportation network companies (TNCs) without the necessary governing rule and authority for TNVS such as a certificate of public convenience as required by law.”

    Only accreditations were issued to the TNCs as well as provisional authority to operate TNVS, he said.

    “In other words, units belonging to TNVS are operating without certificate of public convenience,” Magno said.

    He cited Sections 15 and 18 of Commonwealth Act No. 146 or the Public Service Act in saying that no public service or public transport service can operate without a CPC.

    “Thus, public respondents Abaya and Ginez caused undue injury to private parties such as taxi drivers and operators,” he added.

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