LTFRB allows Uber to file second appeal

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Up for grabs are the more than 300,000 internet-based bookings per day cornered by TNC main players Grab and Uber.

Yet, the agency says Uber continued to accept new drivers anyway.

"Respondents, as officers and members of the Board of Directors of UBER, knowingly and willfully violated the orders of the LTFRB, and consented and approved their company's illegal activity of operating vehicles as public utilities without the proper and valid authority coming from the LTFRB, otherwise known as "colorum" activities", the complaint said.

In its motion for reconsideration to the transport authority, it said the suspension was a "blatant violation of USI's (Uber's) right to due process". 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.

The LTFRB, which has been criticized for curbing a service widely welcomed by commuters, said a new memorandum circular governing TNCs would be released next month.

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"Halting operations of Uber will only hurt the drivers and the riding public".

"I would like to reiterate (that) what Uber did now (resume operations), puts at risk all its TNVS... what kind of partner is that?", Lizada said.

On top of its many current scandals, and amid increased competition, the company is now facing a one-month suspension in the Philippines. "What other options can we pick?", said Lizada adding that Uber's defiance is challenging the regulator's powers.

American ride-sharing start-up Arcade City launched services in the Philipines on Wednesday, offering itself as an alternative to Uber but prompting an immediate regulatory crackdown.

"Show some kind of respect to the board", she added. Uber issued an email to users informing them of the suspension, entitled "we'll be serving you again soon".

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The suspension yesterday led to an outpouring of anger by Filipinos on social media.

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

"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.

Uber's troubles in the Philippines are the latest in a series of hurdles to its attempts to expand globally.

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