Haley Dasovich, a rising vlogger and the sister of vlogger Wil Dasovich, is in the Philippines for a vacation, but that did not start so well for her. After a 13-hour flight from San Francisco, Haley arrived at 4 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Internal Airport (NAIA), Pasay City, only to be involved in a more stressful situation.
Haley recorded her arrival, starting with the moment she got to the airport. The video was posted on Haley's YouTube page on March 14. As seen and heard on the video, Haley took a white taxi on her way to Rockwell, Makati City. The driver was jolly at first, even asking Haley, "You want me to teach you [a] Tagalog word?" When Haley agreed, he joked, "That's one dollar per word. Haha!"
A few minutes later, Haley realized that the driver had not turned the meter on. When she confronted the driver about this, the driver said he's giving her a flat rate of 500 pesos. An argument ensued as Haley refused to give him his asking price, and insisted that he turn the meter on. "I'll give you a tip, but I'm not going to give you 500 [pesos]," Haley said.
The driver finally turned the meter on, but not without ranting, "We're expecting good passenger there, from out of town. Good passenger. If you want [a] cheaper taxi, you take [a] Grab next time." Haley replied, "Wala akong phone dito."
At one point, Haley said, "This is why Uber is taking over."
At the end of the conversation, the driver tried to reason, "Sa totoo lang, ha, sa tingin ko, ha, hindi naman metro ang pinag-uusapan natin dito, e. Gusto mo ng murang taxi kaya white taxi ang kinuha mo. 'Yon ang totoo, ate. Pero 'yon nga, tulong mo na lang sa amin, sa tagal naming nag-aantay doon, para metrohan mo kami, 'di ba? Hiningan mo kami ng metro. Puwede naman nga, kaso nalugi na kami." The driver went on to say that he has been waiting there since early in the morning, unlike Grab drivers who don't have to wait long.
A visibly frustrated Haley ended the video with a text on the screen saying, "I was too exhausted to comment on this when I got home." She added that she has been kicked out of taxis and left on the side of the road so many times before. She then recommended that people stick with Uber or Grab.
On March 16, Inquirer.net reported that the driver has already been apprehended. According to the report, written by Jovic Yee and Julius Leonen, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) caught the driver, named Frederick Cayanan, on Friday at the NAIA 1 complex.
The report quotes LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada: "The operator will be held accountable for operating a colorum [vehicle] because those using a fare matrix belong to the tourist transport denomination. A taxi must use the taxi meter in charging fares."
There are several consequences to this illegal act, including the payment of a P120,000 fine by the operator Benjamin Porras and the cancellation of Cayanan's license.