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Neda chief: Mega Manila Subway project up for Palace OK in September

The country’s first subway system will be up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval next month ahead of the planned signing of the loan agreement between the Philippine and Japanese governments in November, the country’s chief economist said Thursday. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia told a press conference that the P230-billion Mega Manila Subway Project […]

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Easing Cebu road woes: BRT to LRT

CEBU CITY — The implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Cebu City has been put on hold pending review of other alternatives in easing Metro Cebu’s road congestion. One of the alternatives that Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia is studying was a Light Rail Transit (LRT)-subway proposal being pushed by Michael Dino, […]

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QC gov’t crushes sidecars seized from colorum tricycle drivers

There was nothing Domingo Edubas could do but watch as a payloader reduced his tricycle’s sidecar into a crushed piece of metal on Wednesday. Edubas’ source of income was one of the first casualties of the city government’s fresh crackdown on “colorum” or unauthorized tricycles, as officials enforced a 2014 ordinance regulating the mode of […]

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Grab, Uber can’t violate rules no one can follow

JAKARTA — “We cannot have one rule regarding colorum for [Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS)] and another rule for… bus, UV express, taxi and PUJ,” declared Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chair Martin Delgra III. But how can Grab and Uber be punished over rules that are impossible to follow? In 2015, LTFRB […]

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Van driver pleads not guilty in robbery, rape of QC riders

The driver of a passenger van accused of raping and robbing female passengers last year pleaded not guilty in his arraignment before a Quezon City court on Thursday. More than a year after his alleged crime, Wilfredo Lorenzo maintained his innocence before Judge Evangeline Castillo-Marigomen of QC Regional Trial Court Branch 101. Lorenzo, who has […]

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Worried Uber, Grab drivers turn to Duterte

App-based drivers appealed to President Duterte on Friday to intervene and order the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to lift its yearlong moratorium on the acceptance of franchise applications for vehicles used for app-based transport services. Bobby Coronel, founder of drivers’ group TopSpeed, said it was high time that Mr. Duterte stepped in […]

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MRT-7 seen completed, ready for operations in 2019

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is keeping its 2019 completion target for the massive Metro Rail Transit Line 7, despite right-of-way issues that typically delay big-ticket infrastructure projects. The train line, backed by SMC, will link North Avenue, Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan via a 22-kilometer elevated railway that is expected to […]

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Grab, Uber appeals delay crackdown

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is temporarily putting on hold the July 26 crackdown on Grab and Uber drivers without valid franchises, at least for the next 15 days. On Thursday, the two transport network companies (TNCs) filed separate motions asking the LTFRB to reconsider its July 11 order which banned drivers […]

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Crackdown still on, but LTFRB in a rush to OK 11K cars

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) held a technical working group meeting on Wednesday with transport network companies (TNCs) but stood firm on its decision to push through with its July 26 crackdown on thousands of app-based drivers who will remain “colorum.” “We are bound by our order which will become executory on […]

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LTFRB can’t apprehend ‘colorum’ Grab, Uber drivers yet

The operations of ride-hailing companies managing Grab and Uber will continue while the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is deliberating the appeal of the private firms to reconsider the service ban. This means the LTFRB cannot apprehend “colorum” Grab and Uber drivers yet even after July 26 while the LTFRB has no decision on the […]

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Aug 16, 2017

Last week’s Inquirer Motoring provided a lot of details about Honda’s latest model, the recently unveiled CR-V. The big

Aug 16, 2017

Tom Matano, the man many call Mr. Miata and one of those credited with bringing the now-iconic little car