Osmeña opposes LTFRB's suspension of Uber

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In a 3-page decision, LTFRB said Uber's "openly admitting that they were still accepting applications simply became a declaration against interest".

Uber is hugely popular in the Philippines and is regarded by its users as more reliable and competitive than the country's outdated public transport services.

"The Board expressly directed that there shall be no acceptance of additional application for accreditation of TNVS". The fist appeal filed last Monday was denied Tuesday.

Uber has been in a dispute with the LTFRB over permitting. "We're trying to work together here to address public transport issues", he said.

A year ago the regulator suspended the acceptance and processing of applications for all ride-sharing services, including Uber, to study further how to regulate the industry. Although it did not give an explicit reason at the time, the move followed Uber's alleged failure to stop registering new drivers, as ordered by the regulator.

In the appeal to LTFRB, Uber said it had the right to due process and wanted a stay of implementation of the suspension.

In the wake of Uber's suspension, rival Grab Philippines said it had set a 1.4x surge cap in the wake of increased demand.

Uber has suspended its services in Philippines after the national regulator banned it from operating for one month. He said that penalties will still have to be meted out.

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"Now we bring that peer-to-peer model to the Philippines", Arcade City said, adding that new drivers were being recruited.

"Show some kind of respect to the board", she added.

It is estimated that some 200,000 Philippine commuters have been affected by the temporary suspension of Uber.

Last month, 50,000 of Uber's and Grab's vehicles were nearly suspended since they lacked certificates of public conveyance to operate.

But upon monitoring the compliance of the two TNCs, the LTFRB found Uber "willfully and contumaciously violates the said directive" as it continued to accept new TNVS drivers/vehicles. Anything you need from us, we're gonna do it.

"Over the course of this morning, tens of thousands of riders were left stranded, causing needless inconvenience, while drivers were unable to access the earning opportunities they rely on", Uber said in a statement released yesterday morning.

"Stopping (Uber's) operation penalizes the commuting public and the drivers", Aquino told CNN Philippines' News Night.