The #SaveAngkas movement looks like it’s now in full swing.
It didn’t take long for the ride-hailing public to come to the defense of Angkas. Just days following the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) move to limit the firm’s rider-partners to just 10,000 units in Metro Manila, people were up in arms—celebrities and some politicians included.
Former Philippine Senator JV Ejercito took to Facebook to express his displeasure over the LTFRB’s decision, questioning the agency’s desire to significantly reduce Angkas’s 27,000-unit rider base. “Paano na mga mawawalan ng trabaho? Mas mabuti na nasa Angkas system kaysa bumalik sila sa illegal na habal-habal,” he said.
Celebrities such as Bianca Gonzalez, Lea Salonga, Ebe Dancel, Erwan Heusaff, and Paulo Avelino also took to Twitter to voice their disapproval and show support for Angkas. Look:
“Please let them keep their jobs,” Dancel tweeted, referring to the thousands of Angkas riders set to be displaced by the LTFRB decision.
Some sitting senators also released statements regarding the LTFRB’s move. Senator Imee Marcos, who dropped by the EDSA People Power Monument during the #SaveAngkas rally on Sunday, December 22, called the LTFRB’s move “irregular” in a statement.
“Iregular ito dahil ang main purpose ng pilot testing ay para maglatag ng batas na hindi lang magtitiyak ng fair competition kundi ang kaligtasan din ng riding public,” Marcos said.
“Yung sinasabi na fair competition ay posibleng siya pang maglagay sa panganib sa mga commuter dahil maraming makakasali sa pilot test na mga driver na hindi natin tiyak kung may sapat na kasanayan,” she added.
Senator Ralph Recto, meanwhile, called the LTFRB’s rider limit the “saddest and meanest Christmas gift ever.”
“It is an act of cruelty that goes against the season’s spirit of compassion. More so because the victims did nothing to deserve that unkindness,” he said.
What do you think of these personalities’ statements on the latest LTFRB-Angkas drama? Are they warranted? Let us know in the comments.