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When I first came to the Phils ten years ago I was warned by expats in Manila about the dangers of being alone in the taxi and being robbed. One good bit of advice was to lock all doors and sit behind the driver as then he would find it hard to pull a knife on you.

 

Many years have passed and I have ridden many times at all hours in various states of inebriation but have had no problem apart from the occasional driver taking me on an extended journey and ones that wont turn the meter on.

 

Last week on returning from a holiday in Thailand my GF had headed off to visit her sister and I wanted to hunt down an old Kiwi friend of mine which necessitated visiting a few bars, I hopped into a cab in del Pilar street and asked the guy to take me to Makati.

 

He went round one block and came up behind 3-4 cars on the street next he muttered "too much traffic' and proceded to take a short cut, at one point he turned around to "lock the door" when we went around the same block again down a dimly lit street , I became concerned and asked the driver " why are we going around the same street"

The next thing a 40yr old male is trying to jump in the back seat beside me., I yelled at him to get out and tried to push when he didn't listen I kicked him out.

 

I screamed at the driver to drive towards the bright lights, meanwhile the ...... driver was dramatically holding his neck and saying he was going to have a heart attack, he tried to tell me the guy was just getting in as a fare paying passenger.

I jumped out of the taxi near the Pagcor Casino and in the drama forgot to get the taxi number. I am glad that I had only drunk two beers.

 

In retrospect the first trip around the block was to alert the drivers accomplice and I should have been aware when the driver unlocked the back door.

I do feel lucky that I managed to force the guy out of the car and a warning to all not to become complacent when travelling in Manila.

 

Ricbak

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And people wonder why I feel the way I do about that shit hole they call Manila?

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smokey

in the news today a cab driver robbed a passanger right here in cebu now that is a new twist...

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ArieBombarie

I am always weary with cab drivers, most are an ok bunch but the proffesion draws thugs as well, I recal a story of an Amsterdam taxi driver who if his drunken passenger fell asleep first robbed robbed them than beat them up for having no money to pay the fare, lot of pimps like the job as well it gives a job for the taxman and police and they can look out for their girls and transport them (in fact the second taxi I took in Cebu the driver had 'a girl for me' and considering I had just told him I was on a family visit it was not because he felt pitty I did not get any).

 

Glad I never have to go to that shithole that is manila again, Cebu has its lesser sides as well but compared to Manila it is incredible laid back

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I have had several taxi drivers in Cebu ask me if I wanted a girl when riding by myself, late at night. They get a commission from the casa if you go for it. It doesn't happen all the time but it's not really all that unusual either. I just said no thanks and that was the end of it.

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ArieBombarie

I have had several taxi drivers in Cebu ask me if I wanted a girl when riding by myself, late at night. They get a commission from the casa if you go for it. It doesn't happen all the time but it's not really all that unusual either. I just said no thanks and that was the end of it.

sure most taxi drivers in the world get such a commision, I live in/next to Amsterdam red light district and we got a 'free rider' system (driver owns his own taxi and permit), it was not a general offer but a specific 'I know this girl' and it was not late at night, either way it does not bother me but you step in a car alone with complete stranger mostly in a place you do not know that well and no matter where that is good reason to be weary and sharp

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in the news today a cab driver robbed a passanger right here in cebu now that is a new twist...

 

Probably one of those rude Korean passengers. They rob them all the time. The Koreans just don't know it.

 

I have never, ever had an issue where a taxi driver attempted anything of the sort with me. It's a good thing, too. He wouldn't be happy, if he did.

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Probably one of those rude Korean passengers. They rob them all the time. The Koreans just don't know it.

 

I have never, ever had an issue where a taxi driver attempted anything of the sort with me. It's a good thing, too. He wouldn't be happy, if he did.

 

 

 

it was a women who was poked with a knife and he took cell phone and money and dumped her in a dark area..

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quit_yume

about 50% of the filipinas i have talked to that moved to manila and it was their first trip there from the province were robbed by taxi drivers. usually losing all their money, several possessions and mobile phones in the course of that move.

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When I first came to the Phils ten years ago I was warned by expats in Manila about the dangers of being alone in the taxi and being robbed. One good bit of advice was to lock all doors and sit behind the driver as then he would find it hard to pull a knife on you.

 

Many years have passed and I have ridden many times at all hours in various states of inebriation but have had no problem apart from the occasional driver taking me on an extended journey and ones that wont turn the meter on.

 

Last week on returning from a holiday in Thailand my GF had headed off to visit her sister and I wanted to hunt down an old Kiwi friend of mine which necessitated visiting a few bars, I hopped into a cab in del Pilar street and asked the guy to take me to Makati.

 

He went round one block and came up behind 3-4 cars on the street next he muttered "too much traffic' and proceded to take a short cut, at one point he turned around to "lock the door" when we went around the same block again down a dimly lit street , I became concerned and asked the driver " why are we going around the same street"

The next thing a 40yr old male is trying to jump in the back seat beside me., I yelled at him to get out and tried to push when he didn't listen I kicked him out.

 

I screamed at the driver to drive towards the bright lights, meanwhile the ...... driver was dramatically holding his neck and saying he was going to have a heart attack, he tried to tell me the guy was just getting in as a fare paying passenger.

I jumped out of the taxi near the Pagcor Casino and in the drama forgot to get the taxi number. I am glad that I had only drunk two beers.

 

In retrospect the first trip around the block was to alert the drivers accomplice and I should have been aware when the driver unlocked the back door.

I do feel lucky that I managed to force the guy out of the car and a warning to all not to become complacent when travelling in Manila.

 

Ricbak

Good that it ended well ! Good reaction too ! Kick them out, if possible. And run screaming hell, murder and fire if you can. Most Filipinos aren't good runners.

 

I always hated taxi drivers in Manila, even when they did not rob me, but they were my enemies Nbr. one. I still have resentiments against all taxi drivers, a sort of trauma from 5 years of daily taxi usage.

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ArieBombarie

Good that it ended well ! Good reaction too ! Kick them out, if possible. And run screaming hell, murder and fire if you can. Most Filipinos aren't good runners.

 

I always hated taxi drivers in Manila, even when they did not rob me, but they were my enemies Nbr. one. I still have resentiments against all taxi drivers, a sort of trauma from 5 years of daily taxi usage.

well when I used daily taxis I used my own, if you take them that often go for a regular driver and you will have no hassle, last time I took one in Amsterdam he was fishing if I knew the route to the graveyard (we just got 4 or so, east,west, north, south) may he rot in hell for even trying to rip of people on their way to pay respect to the death

 

 

walang hiya

 

plenty of gabaa

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yeah, some taxi drivers here do try to overcharge you especially if you are not a local. You just really have to be aware and alert at all times.

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Don't you know that now a days, many taxi drivers are honest and trust worthy.

 

Now, taxi drivers in manila are giving back to their passengers the things they left in his cab..

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