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PDP-Laban ang padrino! Duterte arty exec meets with JoyRide VP before getting DOTr’s nod as Angkas challenger

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A PDP-Laban official met a number of times with an executive of motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide before transport regulators announced its inclusion as one of the two new players in the dry run of motorcycle taxis.

Netizen @anjpessumal posted screenshots of Edwin Dayrit Rodriguez’s photos on Facebook with JoyRide vice president for corporate affairs Noli Eala amid the controversy over the cap imposed on accredited motorcycle taxi bikers by a technical working group (TWG) from the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Motorcycle taxi firm Angkas has cried foul over the TWG’s decision to allocate only 10,000 riders to the company, saying it will leave 17,000 of its bikers jobless.

Netizen @anjpessumal tweeted Tuesday (December 24): “this pdp-laban secretary general is very busy ha.”

Rodriguez’s December 9 Facebook post showed him meeting with Eala over breakfast. The caption read: “Breakfast meeting with former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala. Joyride (motorcycle emoji) is coming soon. Thank you DOTr, JoyRide ay handang handa na maglingkod sa riding public.”

PDP-Laban’s secretary general for Quezon City posted on December 18 another photo with Eala and members of what he called “Team JoyRide” outside the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s office.

Rodriguez posted the photos outside LTFRB’s office two days before DOTr announced that two new players will be joining Angkas in the three-month extension of the dry run for motorcycle taxis: JoyRide and Move It.

He also posted on Facebook a photo of a JoyRide biker with the caption, “Ride safe mga JoyRide kasundo bikers (motorcycle emoji). Chill lang tayo ngayong Pasko (laughing emoji). Maraming salamat sa riding public (blowing a kiss emoji, thumbs up emoji).”

A check of Rodriguez’s Facebook profile showed he has a directorial position at Clark Development Corporation (CDC), a company previously headed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

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