Manila police on Sunday warned the public of a taxi driver who attempted to immobilize a female passenger by spraying chemicals on Friday.
Jemimah Cristel Umengan, 19, student, and a Pasay City resident told investigators that she boarded a cab with plate number TXD-102 at Robinson’s Place in Ermita around 6:30 p.m.
Upon reaching Malate, she noticed the driver had sprayed an unidentified compound, which caused her to feel dizzy.
Despite feeling weak, Umengan was able to open the door of the taxi and safely alighted from it.
The taxi sped away immediately.
The victim said nothing was taken from her.
Manila Police District director Chief Supt. Rolando Asuncion had directed SPO2 John Cayetano of the General Assignment Section to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTRRB) to probe the operator of the involved taxi and find out the identity of the driver.
The spraying of sleep-inducing chemicals is a new modus operandi to make female passengers drowsy, making it easier to rob or abduct the passenger.
Similar cases earlier were reported to the LTFRB. A taxi franchise was earlier meted with a 30-day suspension, pending the completion of an investigation involving the same modus operandi.
At least eleven taxis were accused of resorting to chemical spraying since October last year.