Paulo Rafael T. Su­bido

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Contents - editor-iN-chief paulo.su­bido@sum­mit­media.com.ph

When news broke that the LTFRB wanted to clamp down on Grab and Uber, there was pub­lic out­rage. Heated con­ver­sa­tions on­line even be­gan to re­volve around so­cial sta­tus and the mas­sive short­com­ings of our beloved coun­try. Al­though the is­sue still hasn’t been com­pletely re­solved, com­muters who rely heav­ily in TNVS (like us in the Top Gear PH staff) can rest easy. We can still book a ride on our smart­phones, at least for the time be­ing. Ev­ery­one still has the right to choose.

But there’s even more good that came out from this de­ba­cle. It fur­ther re­in­forced the need for a cheap, re­li­able, and safe pub­lic trans­port sys­tem. Imag­ine a sub­way/MRT that we can be proud of as a na­tion. Per­sonal mo­bil­ity won’t ever be an is­sue again, and us city dwelling car en­thu­si­asts can save our driv­ing for the week­ends.

In­deed change has come. The peo­ple have spo­ken in sup­port of TNVS, and mirac­u­lously the gov­ern­ment lis­tened. Now when are we get­ting that awe­some sub­way?

In the Top Gear PH of­fice, big changes have hap­pened, too.

The pro­lific Niky Ta­mayo is now Con­tribut­ing Editor, fur­ther ce­ment­ing his rep­u­ta­tion as our num­ber-one mo­tor­mouth.

Elaine Lara has been pro­moted from Staff Writer to As­sis­tant Man­ag­ing Editor—a role that suits her per­fectly.

On top of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as Test Drive Editor, Ja­son Dela Cruz has taken my place as sec­ond-in-com­mand of the mag­a­zine, with his pro­mo­tion to As­so­ciate Editor.

The ever-witty Dinzo Tabamo has been pro­moted from On­line As­so­ciate Editor to On­line Ex­ec­u­tive Editor—a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity that he rel­ishes.

And lastly, I am now Top Gear PH’s Brand Editor-In-Chief.

We wouldn’t be here if not for you guys, and we look for­ward to this new and ex­cit­ing chap­ter to­gether. Stay driven!

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