Uber vows to comply with LTFRB regulations

Philippines suspends Uber operations for 1 month

Uber resumes services in Philippines in defiance of suspension order

The country's Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered a cease and desist against the US ride-hailing firm on Monday over its apparent flouting of a ban on new drivers.

The suspension is rooted in the LTFRB's decision previous year to suspend acceptance and processing of driver applications for all ride-sharing services while the regulator studied possible new rules.

"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.

"I really don't know why they're doing that".

The Philippines has banned Uber for a month on the orders of a regulatory body in the country.

"We are disappointed with the LTFRB's decision to deny our motion for reconsideration, and will comply with the order", Uber Philippines said in a statement that also thanked the public for "its support over the last 24 hours". "The penalty should have the smallest effect on the people".

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

"Next time, susunod na sila, kasi naging habit na na di sila sumusunod (Next time, they'll follow the rules because it has become a habit for them not to follow it)", Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito told reporters in an interview.

"I'm very honest in that".

Uber issued an email to users informing them of the suspension, entitled "we'll be serving you again soon".

"If I were working there, I would launch a campaign trying to grab as much (market share) as I could as quickly as possible", he said.

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.

"This is not a fight", he told Brown.

"All these cases involving Uber and for that matter anyone involved in public transportation system has to understand that we need to be in some level of regulation", Delgra said.

In the same meeting, Uber Technologies Southeast Asia manager Michael Brown apologized to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra for accepting applications for accreditations despite the board's orders.

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