Bad news for Angkas customers. The Supreme Court has issued a resolution that essentially prohibits the motorcycle-based ride-hailing app’s operations, and once again gives the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) the authority to apprehend its riders.
You can check out the full document obtained by ABS-CBN News in the Facebook post below:
According to the document issued on December 5, 2018, the temporary restraining order is effective immediately, and will continue until further orders from the court. Respondents must proceed to file comments on the petition no more than 10 days from notice.
This is a major blow to Angkas, which bounced back in September after the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court issued a preliminary injunction that prevented the LTFRB and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) from apprehending the company’s riders.
“Our position is that motorcycles registered in the service are not authorized to conduct business and offer public transport under Republic Act 4136. For them to be allowed, the law has to be amended by Congress,” the DOTr and the LTFRB said in a statement in September, referring to Angkas operations and the preliminary injunction.
This is a developing story and we have already reached out to Angkas for comment. Are you an Angkas rider? What do you think about the court’s latest decision?