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Taxi driver arrested for allegedly overcharging passenger

A TAXI driver was arrested by the Buhangin police for allegedly demanding a fixed fare from a passenger in front of the Davao International Airport at 6:10 p.m. on Monday, April 29.

Captain Hazel Tuazon, the spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), only identified him as alias Randy, 39, a resident of Purok 46, Ortega Village, Bangkal.

The taxi driver reportedly demanded a P1,500 fare from the passenger heading to Calinan District without using the meter.

A disagreement erupted between the driver and passenger upon reaching Dela Pena, Cabantian.

The passenger, unhappy with the non-metered fare, flagged down a patrolling police vehicle (Mobile Patrol 2576).

Police apprehended the driver and turned him over to Buhangin Police Station.

A case for grave coercion is being prepared against him.

Recently, Mayor Sebastian Duterte warned taxi drivers to adhere to the city’s fare regulations. 

“Take this as a warning. Social media is a powerful platform where complaints can spread widely. I’ve already cautioned these abusive taxi drivers,” Duterte posted on Facebook on April 21.


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