By Genalyn Kabiling
No memorandum order has been issued to implement the no-contact apprehension for Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) drivers or operators, Malacañang said Friday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo has informed the public that the supposed Memorandum Order No. 636 on the no-contact apprehension policy was fake.
“The Office of the President advises the public that Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea has not signed or caused the release of a particular document, which is labelled as Memorandum No. 636, purportedly adopting a no contact apprehension for Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) drivers or operators,” Panelo said.
“The document is fake. Please be guided accordingly,” he added.
Panelo made the remarks after the document supposedly signed by Medialdea circulated online.
The spurious document directed the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to adopt the no-contact apprehension for TNVS drivers and operators.
These TNVS drivers and operators who have no provisional authority or certificate of public convenience would supposedly be exempted from apprehension.
The release of the fake document came as a group of TNVS drivers and operators launched a protest action to raise their concerns including a proposed oratorium on the apprehension of those with incomplete registrations.