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Gag order from Grab? Driver protesting vs commission rate hike banned from platform- report

Grab Philippines is allegedly cracking down on drivers who exposed the looming two percent increase in its commission fees, which caught the attention of some politikos.

Drivers’ group Laban TNVS claimed one of its members has been “permanently banned” from driving for Grab after taking part in protest demonstrations against the company.

The Laban TNVS coalition on Tuesday appealed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to step in and block Grab’s plan to raise their current commission rate of 20% by 2 percentage points, or as much as 22% of every quoted fare.

In a statement, Grab said it “respects everyone’s right to peacefully protest” but had been removing some drivers for sharing “false information on Grab to incite protests with other delivery partners.”

The notice issued by Grab to the concerned driver, however, stated something else.

“Umamin ka na ikaw ang nag-post ng pag-encourage sa mga driver na lumahok sa protesta at ipinaliwanag sayo ng COC (code of conduct) na maaaring mangyari sa iyong account once umattend ka ng rally na naka-Grab shirt,” read the letter posted by Laban TNVS.

The same notice showed that the driver is banned forever from Grab after committing an earlier misdeed of “instigating rally/posting negative comments online.”

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