By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday vehemently denied allegations he owns motorcycle taxi JoyRide PH which is now circulating online.
Go dismissed such reports as nothing but “fake news.”
“Hindi totoo yung kumakalat sa Twitter at ibang social media outlets na ako daw ang may-ari or may interes ako sa JoyRide, isa sa mga bagong players. Fake news po ito (Reports circulating on Twitter and other social media outlets that I am the owner, or that I have an interest in Joy Ride, one of the newest players, is not true. This is fake news),” Go said when sought for comment.
According to Go, it was the first time he had heard of JoyRide. He also warned that anybody who uses his name or that of President Duterte to ensure government approval of applications, will be in trouble.
JoyRide and Move It are motorcycle-hailing companies which will join Angkas on a three-month pilot run as mandated by a Technical Working Group (TWG) created by the Department of Transportation (DOTr),
“Sa totoo lang, ngayon ko nga lang narinig ang kumpanyang JoyRide na iyan (Truth is, this is the first time I heard of that JoyRide company),” said Go.
“Kung meron mang gumagamit ng pangalan ko or nagsasabing kaanak ni Pangulo upang isulong ang inyong pangnegosyong interes, automatically denied kaagad ang inyong application (If there are individuals who will use my name or have said that they are a relative of the President to pursue their business interests, their application will automatically be denied),” he said.
The TWG recently downsized Angkas riders from 27,000 to 10,000 to give way to Joyride PH and Move It. The test pilot run of the Motorcycle Ride-Hailing Service will run until March.
Earlier,.drivers of Angkas held a protest rally to deplore the government’s decision to trim down the numbers of its riders amid the entry of two other competitors, namely JoyRide and Move It.
Spokespersons for Angkas said 17,000 drivers stand to lose jobs but the LTFRB said “they actually have the option to choose the best employment/partnership terms either from you, or the two other participants.”
If he had his way, Go said he would welcome all the players in the industry if he can just so they can operate.
“Anyway, kung ako lang masusunod lahat kayo bibigyan ko ng prangkisa at sasama pa akong mamamasada sa inyong lahat. (If i can have my way, I will give all of you a franchise and I will even join them as they work),” he said.