The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday issued a show cause order to a taxi driver caught in a viral video in social media threatening and cursing his passenger.
The taxi driver, Roger B. Catipay, and his AFG taxi operator Ariel Gamboa appeared at the LTFRB main office in Quezon City to meet with Chairman Winston Ginez and board members Ariel Inton and Ronaldo Corpus.
Catipay was the hottest topic in Facebook after he was caught cursing and threatening his passenger named Joanna A. Garcia, who posted the video with the hashtag #UWB666 referring to the license plate of the taxi that Catipay was driving.
At this writing, the video has more than 40,000 views online.
According to Garcia, she got scared and nervous after the incident happened on Tuesday.
She narrated that she came from SM North and boarded the taxi on her way to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
Garcia told the driver that she will only pay the P140 recorded in the taxi meter but the driver insisted that she had agreed to the P250 payment.
“eh G*GO ka pala, eh dapat nga 350 tapos sabi o sakin ikaw bahala at metro nalang.. so sabi [ko]kuya kaya nga i metro so 140 lang…”
“Tapos 3 beses ako ulit minura, ayaw ibigay ang sukli, tapos sabi sakin ni kuya sasapakin ako pag di ako bumababa, nung makita niya na vinideo ko siya pinukpuk nya ako so bumaba na ako and nag stop ng video,” Garcia wrote in her Facebook account.
After leaving the vehicle, she said, Catipay ran after her and threatened to punch her but he hesitated and fled after seeing some male bystanders telling her to call the police.
Garcia alleged that Catipay was using illegal drugs.
“Una po high si kuya at kung ano ano pinagsasabi, pangalawa sana etong ganitong driver hindi kinukuha… papatay talaga si kuya literal…,” she said.
Catipay went to the LTFRB also on Wednesday to formally file a complaint against Garcia.
In the show cause order, the LTFRB asked the driver and his operator to explain within five days why their Certificate of Public Convenience should not be canceled or suspended for overcharging of fare and harassing and threatening a passenger, among others.
Hearing of the case is on January 12.
Meanwhile, after the meeting at the office of the LTFRB on Wednesday, officials of the agency accompanied the complainant and suspect to Camp Karingal for inquest.
Senior Police Officer 4 Leonardo Pasco of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detention Unit read the Miranda Rights to Catipay.
The driver apologized to Garcia at the police camp but Garcia said the apology is unacceptable since Catipay is denying what happened.
Catipay refused to undergo drug testing, saying he will ask for legal help first.