Last week, it was reported that two Grab drivers had been separately missing since April. The first one was Laurence Regis Fajardo, who disappeared with the Toyota Vios (VF-2611) he was driving on April 22. The second one was Manuel Alegria Alamuddin, who went missing with his vehicle (VF-2632) four days later.
And now, a serendipitous incident has led investigators to conclude that the two disappearances are related.
On Monday, May 20, an unidentified Vios driver fled after being flagged down for a traffic violation in Sampaloc, Manila. In doing so, he hit bystanders and other vehicles, which prompted residents in the area to attack him by hurling objects at the car. He eventually escaped, and the Vios was later “found abandoned on a bridge.”
According to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer, police determined that the Vios, which sported license plates from another car, was the same vehicle driven by Fajardo. It supposedly belonged to Fajardo’s sister, Laarni Roque.
Lo and behold, when Manila Police District investigators checked with Grab, they discovered that the person who had booked Fajardo’s last ride was the same passenger who had summoned Alamuddin—or at least the requests had been made from the same Grab account. The booking places and times were also identical: Cavite City and 2am. The culprit, who remains at large as we write this, apparently used the aliases “Frankie Mark Serrano” and “Carlos Mark Serrano” on the fake driver’s licenses he gave to the traffic officer who had stopped him.
When MPD investigators checked with Grab, they discovered that the person who had booked Fajardo’s last ride was the same passenger who had summoned Alamuddin
Meanwhile, Grab Philippines has announced a P50,000 reward to anyone who can help locate the missing drivers.
“Grab is working closely with the PNP-HPG to aid in their investigation, and we have already reached out to the drivers’ families to assist them in these trying times,” said a press statement from the office of Grab Philippines public affairs manager Atty. Nicka Hosaka.
If you have any relevant information that could lead to the whereabouts of the Grab drivers, you may contact (02) 883-7100.