Sen. Koko Pimentel is the Alleged Real Backer of JoyRide and Not Sen. Bong Go

For the past few days, netizens and critics of the Duterte administration accused Sen. Bong Go as the owner of motorcycle hailing app, JoyRide but recent developments uncovered that it is not Go who allegedly backed the company but Sen. Koko Pimentel.

This time around we can put the fake news down that Sen. Bong Go has anything to do with JoyRide, and the implications that he has been playing an unfair role against Angkas and the other motorcycle ride-hailing app.

Sen. Koko Pimentel is in hot water once again over a recently surfaced old letter which revealed his support for motorcycle taxi hailing app JoyRide.

Based upon the letter, Sen. Koko Pimentel expressed his endorsement of JoyRide to be included in the already underway motorcycle taxi initial pilot run after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) did not heed the inappropriate endorsement of Sen. Pimentel.

The letter was revealed during a press briefing held by the Lawyers for Commuter Safety and Protection (LCSP).

“Anong kinalaman ng isang senador sa approval ng isang government agency sa kanilang application to be included in the pilot program? Nababahiran ng dungis ‘yung ginawa ng senador,” said Mangahas.

The LCSP further cleared Senator Bong Go of any involvement in Joyride, putting the final nail in the coffin for fake news purveyors who were quick to blame even the faintest whiff of government wrongdoing on the President’s ally.

In fact, it was the allegations leveled against Go which moved the LCSP to investigate into the matter. During this inquiry, the lawyer group uncovered a copy of Pimentel’s endorsement letter.

According to the evidence presentned, Sen. Pimentel's involvement was due to the fact that he was inclded in Google Map's photo which Pimentel's signature and photo displaing next to the "huge" Marikina site which soon became's JoyRide's onboarding facility.

Atty. Trixie Mangahas also noted that Sen. . Pimentel may have Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Though Pimentel is a Senator, he is not free to interfere in the affairs of the Executive branch. The Department of Transportation rightly ignored his endorsement as this was a grave overstep into the implementing agency’s business.

Pimentel could have also violated Section 3(a) of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for attempting to act as a go-between for Joyride and the DOTr.

Source: PNA

Sen. Koko Pimentel is the Alleged Real Backer of JoyRide and Not Sen. Bong Go Sen. Koko Pimentel is the Alleged Real Backer of JoyRide and Not Sen. Bong Go Reviewed by Phil Newsome on January 04, 2020 Rating: 5
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