LTFRB clears driver linked to airport extort


A cab driver tagged in “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) was cleared by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez and the board members believed the sworn statements in the affidavit of Vigil taxi company’s Ricky Milagrosa, saying he never touched nor planted a bullet inside the luggage of his passenger who was catching a flight at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The LTFRB also considered the efforts of Milagrosa to attend the last two hearings of his case to defend himself against allegations of a netizen who posted rants in social media.

The driver was also cleared in another alleged ‘tanim-bala’ incident he was involved in as the second complainant retracted charges against him.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB issued contempt order for the netizen who posted the rants on Facebook.

Accuser Julius Niel Habana failed to show up at the first and second day of hearings on the alleged incident.

The LTFRB referred the contempt order against Habana to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to seek his arrest.

They are also planning on filing a case against Habana if he will not follow the order to appear before the agency and prove his allegations.

Earlier, Habana posted on social media site Facebook that his friend, who is a seaman, hired Milagrosa’s Vigil taxi (UVK 190) at NAIA last October 29.

His friend texted him after noticing that Milagrosa allegedly placed something inside his luggage.

Habana then told his friend to instruct Milagrosa to drop him off at his boarding house instead.


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