Chairman of Naia taxi coop shot dead


A ranking officer of a taxi drivers and operators’ cooperative based at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) was shot dead Wednesday morning just outside the group’s office in Parañaque City.

Police investigators are checking whether the killing of Edito Ruaya, 56, was related to his work at Naia Transport Services Cooperative (Naiatsco), where he served as board chairman for the last five years.

A witness said he saw two men waiting next to a parked motorcycle near the gate of the cooperative’s office in Barangay (village) San Dionisio around 5 a.m.

When Ruaya arrived about an hour later, one of the men followed him as he walked toward the coop’s canteen, according to Alexis Perete, 20, a gasoline station employee who is also a caretaker of the office.

In a statement to the police, Parete said he later heard gunshots and saw the bloodied Ruaya lying on the ground. Other witnesses saw the two men fleeing on the motorbike after the attack.

In a report, Senior Police Officer 1 Rudy Dimson and PO3 Joel Romantico of the Parañaque police homicide section said the victim was shot in the right temple. A bullet slug of still unknown caliber was recovered at the scene.

Naia sources said a leadership dispute had been brewing within the cooperative, mainly over the composition of its seven-member board of directors and the administration of the cooperative’s funds.

All board seats are currently occupied by representatives of the taxi operators, although the cooperative’s bylaws state that two of these should be given to drivers, the Inquirer learned.

In November last year, Representative Cresente Paez of the partylist group Coop-Natcco (National Confederation of Cooperatives) filed a House resolution calling for the investigation of the cooperative’s board and general manager for alleged violations of the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008.

“There’s a long list of violations made by (the directors). What we need to do now is to act on the complaints of its members to correct the situation and, at the same time, craft legislation that will help avoid a repeat of the violations,” Paez then said.

Paez said the taxi operators, drivers and allied workers who were members of the cooperative had sought his help in curbing alleged abuses and in implementing reforms in the group through elections.

“Since 2007, the Naiatsco has been conducting an annual general assembly, but it is allegedly more of an outing as there is no presentation of the financial standing of the cooperative and other matters relevant to its operations,” the lawmaker said.

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  • DING

    The board of directors are just milking the cooperative and making taxi operators and its members as cash cows. 

  • gyvv

    tandem riding should be banned…

  • F alonso

    Sa Partehan yan sa kita ng Taxi.He won’t be killed for nothing.

  • Jane Tan

    Maybe there’s a war between the motorbikes cooperative and the taxi cooperative lol… IMO there should be tighter control on motorbike riders as most crimes involve the usage of them. No offense to motorbike-users out there.

  • norbert falg

    I assume sobra sobra kung mangupit itong presidente ng Naiatsco. Kaya imbes na kasuhan siya (w/c takes a lot of time and money, in addition to the stress) ay pinatay na lang siya para makatipid sa gastos at sa oras, in addition to less stress. 


    • Taiko_Kauna

      practical theory at dapat yon na lang ang gagawin sa mga salot ng  bayan lalo na ang nasa gobyerno na mga kawatan

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • Taiko_Kauna

    Bakit kasi ginagawa pang sindikato ang mga taxi sa NAIA? Kung ito yong nag operate ng yellow taxis, abay dapat buwagin ito; napakamahal ng flag down nila, at makita mo mga pasaherong galing probinsiya halos nakatingga sa arrival naghintay ng tag 20 pesos na coaster dahil hindi kaya magtaxi. Panahon pa ni GMA ang monopoly ng yellow taxi, bakit ayaw buwagin ni Pnoy kung talagang gusto niyang pagsilbihan ang mga boss niya. Ina assume na lang ng mga operators ng taxi na dahil nakasakay ng eroplano puro may kaya  samantalang nakasakay lang dahil may promo.
     Itong si Honrado walang kwenta, kaya hindi nakapagtaka na hindi ito sinusunod ng ibang airport sa kanyang directive na hindi na kailangan tanggalin ang sapatos. Isa pa, bakit ang Cebu airport lang ang nagbigay ng 20% discount sa senior citizens sa kanilang terminal fees? Ironic na ang mga government entities sila pa ang hindi sumusunod sa batas. Calling Sec. Abaya, fix your own backyard!

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      Wag kayo mag Yellow Taxi..mas maganda yung Alamo or Fixed Rate na Nissan ata yon… bad trip yan mga yellow taxi na yan eh..ang laki na ng metro MANDARAYA pa!!!

      yung Alamo taxi nga pala pwedeng home pickup and drop sa Airport!

    • joel genese

      Dapat buwagin na ang mga public transport group na yan. Marami ang nadedengoy diyan. Nagtataka ako bakit pinapayagan yan ng pamunuan ng airport. Ang rate sa loob lang ng Pasay ay halos 1k na yata. Nakakabweset pa at manghihingi pa ng tip yung driver. 

  • WeAry_Bat

    Coops in trouble have one common problem among many problems.  This is the misuse of money by the administrators, who are authorized signatories on the bank accounts. 

    One sign is there is no dividends heard of, or validated justification as to how it was calculated.

    When the weight of missing money is more than hiring creative accountants, does the road of least resistance become tempting?

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