The homecoming of Haley Dasovich from the U.S. turned out be a bit more exciting than she expected after she was victimized by a taxi scam. On March 2, she was unlucky to have hailed Frederick Cayanan‘s ride, who insisted on a fixed rate instead of turning his meter on. As much as she wanted to get out and call for another taxi, the vlogger—worn out from the flight and all—gave in in the end, but was quick to think about recording the whole ordeal on her vlogging camera.
And when she finally uploaded it on Facebook, you bet that the news spread like wildfire.
In just a few weeks, Cayanan was summoned by the Airport General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Eddie Monreal. During their confrontation, the taxi driver begged for an apology.
“Bagamat huli na, ako po’y nagsisisi sa ginawa ko.”
But this didn’t convince Monreal, who, on his part, was raging with fury.
“Nagkakahirap hirap kaming paayusin dito. Ikaw ang salot sa lipunan na ‘to eh. Kanina pa ‘ko nanggigigil sa ‘yo.”
Throughout the confrontation, the director manager couldn’t hold back his inner savage with his fiery retorts.
“Pa-English English ka pa. Magkano ngayon ang isisingil mo sa ‘kin, turuan mo ‘ko ng Tagalog. … Ngayon para kang tupa na ‘di pwedeng kumagat.”
Moreover, it certainly didn’t help Cayanan’s case when the Airport Police received a report from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) against him, stating that he just scammed yet another passenger just a day before their meeting. This provoked Monreal to give the order to have his license revoked by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), as well as the rest of the taxi drivers who practice the same scam.
The director manager was quoted as saying:
“Lahat ng merong kasong ganon paba-ban ko na po, Ma’am. Nakakapundena eh. Pagi-isipan ko, baka lahat ng white taxi hindi ko na papapasukin dito.”
Meanwhile, Cayanan, whose taxi has been impounded, was still firm on his actions, despite being nagged. In an interview with ABS-CBN, the driver maintained:
“Sa tingin ko lang po, baka in-edit ni vlogger.”
Watch the news below.
What can you say about this prevalent taxi scam in the Philippines? Do you have your own experience? What about on Frederick Cayanan seemingly standing firm on his actions? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below!