Angkas Gets Support from Filipino Commuters, Personalities

Ciara Alarcon
For some commuters, Angkas became their hero when all they needed was to escape the horrible traffic of Metro. Now at its turning point, Filipino commuters, lawmakers, celebrities, and various groups joined forces to save the ride-hailing app. After all, even heroes need help, right?

Angkas Gets Support from Filipino Commuters, Personalities
Angkas Gets Support from Filipino Commuters, Personalities

In the Philippines, although almost all of us are crying for a better transportation system, our government – particularly the LTFRB – never hide its strict ruling on transportation network companies. While we understood that the regulatory body has reasons and is backed by laws, we just hope that it will still consider the welfare of these TNVS companies and us – the commuters.

In case you missed it, the Supreme Court has issued a TRO favoring LTFRB to stop Angkas operation. However, Angkas received massive support from commuters, lawmakers, personalities, and more in light of the recent LTFRB-SC-Angkas drama.

Angkas supporters gathered during the company’s free concert at the Quezon City Circle main stage. The event was graced by well-known artists such as Nadine Lustre, Sam Concepcion, Hale, Ella Cruz, Shanti Dope, Mayonnaise, Quest, Ex Battalion, Gab Valenciano, and Adrew E.

See Also: Angkas Airs Frustration Over SC, LTFRB

Other celebrities threw in their support, as well, through their short videos. Prominent stars who expressed their support include Dingdong Dantes, Yassi Pressman, Matteo Guidicelli, Tim Yap, Rovilson Fernandez, Marc Nelso, Phoemela Barranda, Kim Atienza, Myrtle Sarasa, Sabbie Rodriguez, Shawn Yao, Fabio Ide, and Jinno Rufino.

Save Angkas
Save Angkas

Lawmakers also backed Angkas. They are Congressmen Winston Castelo, Cristal Bagatsing, Rodel Batocabe, Johnny T. Pimental, Xavier Jesus Romualdo, and Cebu Mayor Tomas Osmeña.

“Government is supposed to make the people’s lives better, not worse. Angkas was a cleaner, safer version of what is the only practical mode of transportation for many Cebuanos, especially those who live in remote barangays,” Osmeña addressed.

Moreover, former LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez shared that Angkas should be allowed to operate, and that the LTFRB and the DOTr have the power to legitimize and regulate the ride-hailing service.

Around 130,000 netizens have also signed an online petition calling on the government to “Save Angkas,” and regulate motorcycle taxis instead of prohibiting them from operating.

To show your support, visit this link and sign your online petition.

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