An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who just returned to the Philippines was dismayed after she was victimized by an over-charging taxi at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.
According to Facebook user Rose L. Pineda, she just got home from another country when she rode a taxi going to her place. She was shocked when the driver asked for PhP2,000 fare, a lot higher than the usual taxi fare.
She was not able to reach her destination and just ended going down at San Joaquin, Pasig. According to Pineda, the driver first asked for a payment of PhP20/km but ended up PhP200/km.
Her fears were doubled when the taxi driver let his dispatcher inside the taxi. She hopes that her post will serve as a warning to OFWs to be keen and observant when riding a taxi, especially because there are drivers who might take advantage of the fact that you are an OFW and earning foreign currencies.
In line with the Facebook post of Pineda, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) responded to the alleged exorbitant charged of a white taxi. According to the MIAA authorities, it’s been a long time since the line of the white taxi was stopped. However, MIAA GM Ed Monreal banned all Vilma O. Bell taxis in NAIA and the Police Intelligence and Investigation Division (PIID) is already investigating the driver involved in the incident.
They are also encouraging passengers to report personally at the MIAA Airport Police in case of such incidents so as to file a necessary case against the perpetrators.
“Tuladninyo, gusto namin namalinis ang NAIA ng mga mapagsamantalang drivers di lamang ng mga white taxi kundi pati mga drivers ng airport accredited transport service. Wala pong lugarsa NAIA ang mga taong gaya nila,” they wrote in a post.