A habal-habal was caught by MMDA enforcers charging his passenger P50…per kilometer

Definitely not a good look
by Drei Laurel | Jul 14, 2021
PHOTO: Bong Nebrija

Well, this definitely isn’t a good look for the underground motorbike ride-hailing industry.

In a Facebook post, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief Bong Nebrija shared that agency enforcers recently apprehended a habal-habal rider along EDSA. A distressed passenger revealed that she was being charged an absurd amount for a trip from Monumento.

What kind of rate are we talking about here? The passenger was being charged P50...per kilometer.

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“‘Sumakay po ako galing Monumento, ang sabi po sa akin ay P50 pero ngayon po eh sinisingil ako ng P250,’” Nebrija said, narrating the conversation between the habal-habal rider and his passenger after they were caught.

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“‘Sabi ng habal-habal rider, ‘Tama sabi ko P50 pero per kilometer yun eh five kilometro galing Monumento kaya P250.’”

Yikes.

Nebrija is pleading with commuters to stop booking underground habal-habal rides. He says there’s no chance the illegal industry will disappear if commuters keep patronizing it.

Some say the underground ride-hailing scene was born out of necessity—a product of a public-transportation system that’s been lacking even before the pandemic. Regardless, it’s incidents like this that are driving authorities to work double-time in cracking down on the industry. How often do you think habal-habal customers are faced with this situation?

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PHOTO: Bong Nebrija
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