Concerned authorities should really look into this recent wave of taxi driver-vs-passenger incidents, as cases are becoming more extreme by the day.
Unfortunately, we're not exaggerating.
The assault happened Wednesday evening after complainant Bayani Arradza and his son boarded the suspect's (identified as Manuel Publico) taxi at around 6:40 p.m. at UP Bliss, Quezon City, according to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) report.
Publico was supposed to take them to Project 4 but took a different route—going to Cubao—to the dismay of Arradza.
Shortly, an argument between the two ensued, with the driver stopping the vehicle and ordering his passengers to get off. Apparently, Publico wasn't satisfied; he then channeled his inner Battousai and picked up his sword, in an attempt to strike Arradza.
The appalled victim managed to snatch the weapon from the attacker, and concerned over his son's safety, threw it away. Able to retrieve his katana, Publico was eventually restrained after passersby came to the scene.
Both Arradza, who allegedly sustained minor injuries, and Publico have already appeared before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to discuss the case.
"Illegal acts are no longer about over-charging or refusal to convey passengers, now we’re talking about more violent acts such as attempted homicide," observed Inton. "In other words, there are some drivers out there who are willing and ready to injure, and worse, kill their passengers."
He wants the agency to review its existing policies and study the "boundary" system, which he believes is the root of all cab-related evil.
The QCPD is set to file a case against the sword-wielding Publico for attempted homicide. Arradza was also advised to lodge a formal complaint before the LTFRB.
Here's to hoping none of you will encounter crazy cabbies out there!
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