Uber, Grab, taxis urged: In­stall emer­gency but­tons

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Nes­tle L. Semilla RE­PORTER

A po­lice of­fi­cial in Cebu City urged the man­age­ments of trans­port net­work ve­hi­cle ser­vices (TNVS) and taxi op­er­a­tors to in­stall emer­gency but­tons in their ve­hi­cles to alert po­lice nearby in case of rob­beries.

Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Man­age­ment Branch (CCPO-IDMB) chief Supt. Ryan De­varas hoped to avoid in­ci­dents sim­i­lar to what hap­pened to Grab driver Ger­ardo Amo­lato Maquidato Jr., who was killed by a lone car­jacker, dis­guised as le­git­i­mate pas­sen­ger, in Pasay City last Oct. 26 be­fore flee­ing off with his ve­hi­cle, a Toy­ota In­nova.

“I hope maka -in­stall sila og ka­tong push but­ton nga emer­gency light, nga atong gipa -im­ple­ment sauna pa. Kani makakuha og at­ten­tion sa atong ka­pulisan nga there is some­thing wrong sa ilang sakyanan (I hope they can in­stall the push but­ton with emer­gency light which we have been ask­ing them to im­ple­ment long be­fore. This will get the at­ten­tion of po­lice if ever there is some­thing wrong hap­pen­ing in­side their ve­hi­cles),” De­varas said.

Maquidato, a fa­ther of four, was rec­og­nized by Grab as one of its ex­em­plary driv­ers last year af­ter a ne­ti­zen’s post on the driver’s kind­ness in as­sist­ing a sick pas­sen­ger with­out charg­ing for the trip went vi­ral.

His killing sent shiv­ers down the spine of many TNVS driv­ers who now hope that their man­age­ments would start to im­ple­ment emer­gency se­cu­rity mea­sures for them.

“Naa g’yud ang risk. Kan­ing tra­baho dili ta makahibaw labi na kung gwapa ug gwapo ang

mga pasa­hero dako g’yud ang risk (There is al­ways a big risk. In our line of work, it is re­ally dif­fi­cult for us to gauge our pas­sen­gers es­pe­cially if they look de­cent),” said Joseph Navarro, a Grab car driver in Cebu.

Ac­cord­ing to Supt. De­varas, it was un­likely for driv­ers to use their cellu- lar phones to call for help in case of rob­bery.

An emer­gency but­ton would be one of the best ways to foil crim­i­nal el­e­ments, he said.

“And then of course, kung puwede ilang pasa­hero ila g'yud mae­val­u­ate if naa bay pos­si­bil­ity nga man­ulis ni. Kay ten­dency ma- fall vic­tim sila sa atong pasa­hero (And then of course if pos­si­ble, the driv­ers should eval­u­ate their pas­sen­gers if there is a pos­si­bil­ity that they could be rob­bers be­cause there is a ten­dency for them to fall vic­tim to their own pas­sen­gers), ” De­varas added.

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