Grab Philippines has asked authorities to implement a “know your customer” scheme for riders after the killing of one of its drivers by a man who posed as a passenger.
Grab released a statement on October 27 that before starting the trip, “our driver-partners may ask you to show a personal identification card (ID) to verify your identity specially during night shift hours.” It added that the information shown will be kept confidential, only being used for verification purposes.
The transport network company has extended its condolences to the family of Gerardo Maquidato Jr., named one of Grab’s “best driver-partners” for his act of kindness to his passenger in need over a year ago.
Maquidato died in Pasay City on Thursday night after he was shot in the back of the head, with the bullet exiting through his left eye.
The man who posed as a passenger threw his body out of his silver Toyota Innova (conduction sticker YV 7109) and fled with the vehicle.
A concerned citizen told authorities that the man was on Bonanza Street, Don Carlos Village at around 7:35 pm on Thursday when he saw a parked Innova with a broken front passenger window.
He thought it was a parked vehicle being vandalized until he spotted a man in a white shirt pulling out the body of a bloodied man in the driver’s seat. The incident was recorded on a closed circuit television camera.
There’s also talk of subsidizing the cost of dash cameras and trackers for Grab’s drivers.