On Monday, Aug 14, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has suspended the accreditation and operations of Uber System Inc. (Uber) for a month.
Uber quickly issued a motion for reconsideration and announced in a Facebook post that they are resuming their operations in Manila and Cebu on Tuesday, Aug 15, until the motion is resolved. But on the same day, the LTFRB denied the motion for reconsideration by the transport network company (TNC) to appeal its one-month suspension.
We thank the public for its support over the last 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/h9BcdLQslh
— Uber Philippines (@Uber_PH) August 15, 2017
Twitter peeps are known for being witty, but this time they expressed their dismay in a serious tone. Here are some of the most appropriate reactions that we’ve seen:
People still trying to book Uber despite the ruling is proof of how much people really prefer Uber.
LTFRB, tulungan kayo ng Uber. Sige na.
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) August 15, 2017
So if they're blaming the traffic on Uber, why is it crawling on EDSA right now.
— Ces Oreña-Drilon (@cesdrilon) August 15, 2017
Dear govt fat cats, if you can't fix Uber, fix taxis. And bus companies. How about a clear, comprehensive passenger bill of rights?
— alan c. robles (@hotmanila) August 15, 2017
While the riding public are suffering from Uber's suspension, these LTFRB officials are in the comfort of their own cars going to work.
— Balotski23 (@AntokQueen) August 14, 2017
What do inefficient people do? Get rid of who's efficient so they'll look like they're doing something. That's LTFRB to Uber. 😈
— Coycoy P. Cordova (@coycordova) August 14, 2017
— Jessica Feliciano (@_IcaFeliciano) August 14, 2017
Starting 6am, you won't be able to get an Uber. I was my driver's last trip before he received a text telling them to stop driving by 6am.
— chico garcia (@chicogarcia) August 14, 2017
Bawal na magyosi, bawal mag Uber.
PERO OKAY LANG PUMATAY NG TAO 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭
— Chelo (@chelokebab) August 15, 2017
Today, uber is down so I tried hailing a taxi.
First taxi: Ay traffic po papuntang Recto. *biglang alis
— Law Students of MNL (@LawStdntsofMNL) August 15, 2017
I dunno, the pissing contest between LTFRB and UBER seems like it punishes the riders. Why not fine UBER, or something innovative like that?
— JoeAm (@societyofhonor) August 14, 2017
Uber driver: pano ba yan ma'am, Grab ka na simula bukas
M: pano ka kuya?
U: Ma'am dko lam pano ko sasabihin sa pamilya ko
sak8 ng puso q
— beatrix (@beatan_) August 14, 2017
The most important thing about this issue is that Uber drivers will be jobless and many Filipinos will suffer by this sudden suspension. It’s quite saddening but we’re still hoping that our government officials will do their job in resolving this matter. And tbh, this job also includes listening to the public’s pulse and taking into consideration every tweet, post, and reaction from netizens.