PDEA urges Uber, Grab to open packages sent through their drivers

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency urged Thursday operators of transportation network vehicles services (TNVS), such as Grab and Uber, to open packages sent through their drivers.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said opening packages will prevent their drivers from being used as drug couriers.

"To Grab and Uber operators and drivers, please exercise due diligence to prevent your line of work from being tainted with involvement with illegal drug activities," Aquino said.

"Report suspected packages directly to us," he added.

The PDEA chief, along with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chair Martin Delgra, met the operators of Grab and Uber Taxi to address growing concerns that their drivers are being exploited by drug groups in delivering illegal drugs.

This was after the PDEA agents arrested recently in Mandaluyong City a suspected ecstasy dealer who admitted that he was hiring the services of TVNS drivers to deliver packages containing illegal drugs to his online clients.

PDEA said a memorandum of understanding among PDEA, LTFRB, Uber and Grab to discuss policies to address the emerging trends of using public transport in delivering illegal drugs would be signed next month. (SDR/SunStar Philippines)

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