MANILA, Philippines — Due to rising incidents of food delivery riders being victimized by fake bookings, a legislator is urging the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the incidents.
“There may be more to this than meets the eye, said Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera, referring to the recent cases victimizing food delivery riders.
One of the cases reported was that of a student who got involved in a random bulk delivery order where he was surprised to witness several riders in front of his house in Quezon City after P15,000 worth of products were supposedly purchased under his name.
But the student insisted he did not order the food bulk.
And in most cases, a rider must shoulder the cost of this fiasco.
“This most recent incident of fake deliveries is intriguing because the residents of a particular address may have been specifically targeted or randomly targeted,” Herrera said in a statement.
“This is why we are asking NBI to investigate,” she added.
The Deputy Speaker also appealed to delivery app owners to coordinate with the proper government authorities in order to resolve this problem.
“They should turn over to the investigators all the directly relevant data on online fraud committed using their online systems or mobile apps,” Herrera said.
“Please help the probers build solid cases so when the criminal trial ensues, those found guilty will go to jail. Please do not enter into ‘areglo’ or compromise deals with the suspects or accused,” she added.
The National Privacy Commission and the Department of Information were also called to help out and support the NBI investigation.
Reporting by: Ghelo Carreon