Four transport civic groups on Thursday urged the government’s inter-agency technical working group (TWG) in charge of conducting the pilot test of motorcycle taxi services in the Philippines to review the sale of Move It Philippines to Grab Philippines.
In a briefing, Atty. Ariel Inton, founder of Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection said the “deal between Grab and Move It is designed for Grab to have instant accreditation by virtue of its acquisition of Move It which was granted accreditation by the TWG.”
He said that the acquisition of Move It should not mean that Grab has automatically acquired the TWG accreditation given to Move It.
“If Move It does not want to operate under the pilot study, then they should say so. Hindi pwedeng pagkakitaan ‘yun,” Inton said.
Inton’s statement was supported by the National Public Transport Coalition, ARANGKADA Riders Alliance and Digital Pinoys.
“There must be a justification of the sale made to the TWG as Move It is under the jurisdiction of the government inter-agency group so the legality of the sale, and the alleged subsequent automatic granting of the accreditation can be studied,” Ariel Lim, chairman of National Public Transport Coalition said.
In a separate statement, Move IT said it remains as one of the three motorcycle operators, and it’s accreditation remains its own and does not transfer to Grab.
“This is the same situation in Angkas, one of the two other MC taxi operators, which got investments from a foreign company. Creador, the investor, did not acquire the accreditation of Angkas,” the company said.
Regardless of its ownership, Move It maintains its own corporate identity and branding under the leadership of its Chairman Mr. Francis Juan.
“Given the transition of government, we prudently and proactively informed all relevant government agencies – based on our rigorous legal due diligence,”’it added.
Last August 5, Grab Philippines ventured into ride-hailing motorcycle services with the acquisition of Move IT.
“Given the transition of government, we prudently and proactively informed all relevant government agencies – based on our rigorous legal due diligence,” Move IT said.