Sen. Bong Go has been dragged into the motorcycle taxi controversy, with news circulating on social media that he owns JoyRide PH.
Go on Tuesday vehemently denied that he has a major interest in the ride-hailing company, one of two new players that will join Angkas.
“Hindi totoo yung kumakalat sa Twitter at ibang social media outlets na ako daw ang may-ari or may interes ako sa JoyRide, isa sa mga bagong players,” said Go. “Fake news po ito.”
JoyRide likewise issued a statement that belied Go is the company’s owner:
Go said it was the first time he even heard of JoyRide and anybody who uses his name or that of President Rodrigo Duterte’s to have their applications approved will be in trouble.
“Kung meron mang gumagamit ng pangalan ko or nagsasabing kaanak ni Pangulo upang isulong ang inyong pangnegosyong interes, automatically denied kaagad ang inyong application,” said Go.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board recently downsized Angkas riders from 27,000 to 10,000 to give way to Joyride PH and Move It. The test pilot run of the Motorcycle Ride-Hailing Service will run until March.
Angkas deplored its 17,000 drivers losing jobs but the LTFRB said “they actually have the option to choose the best employment/partnership terms either from you, or the two other participants in the program, JoyRide and Move It.”
“Anyway, kung ako lang masusunod lahat kayo bibigyan ko ng prangkisa at sasama pa akong mamamasada sa inyong lahat,” said Go.