Australian vlogger scammed by a tricycle driver in Manila

An Australian vlogger was allegedly scammed by a tricycle driver in Manila, according to a report by Darlene Cay in Unang Balita this Friday.

Vlogger Dwaine Woolley did not complain about the driver, who was found to have no license and franchise, even though he charged him P550 for a short trip from Malate to a mall.


The tricycle driver, Joselito Ortiz, was later arrested for a traffic violation.

“Habang naka-red light, itong si Joselito Ortiz ay tumawid po (While at a red light, this Joselito Ortiz crossed),” said Police Corporal Niechi Maci Pascual of Manila Police District.

“Pinara siya ng traffic enforcer then hinanapan siya ng lisensiya at rehistro nung ginagamit niyang tricycle (The traffic enforcer stopped him then searched for his license and registration when he was using a tricycle),” he added.


It is said that Ortiz did not show a license in the register, which is why he was arrested.

Pascual also said that they just found out that Ortiz is the tricycle driver in Woolley’s viral video.

Australian vlogger scammed by a tricycle driver in Manila

In Woolley’s story, Ortiz was with another woman when he victimized her.


Ortiz admitted that he was indeed the driver in the viral vlog. He said he only needed money because his son was in the hospital.

Ortiz also admitted that the fare should only be P50. In his defense, it was his companion who charged P550.

“Humihingi po ako ng dispensa po sa nagawa ko sa kaniya. Sana po ay mapatawad niya ako (I am asking for forgiveness for what I did to him. I hope he can forgive me),” said Ortiz, who also admitted that the tricycle he was driving did not have a license and colorum.

Ortiz cannot be charged for his alleged scam because there is no official complaint against him.

According to Woolley, he is still considering whether to proceed with filing the complaint against Ortiz.

“Medyo conflicted po ako du’n, kasi kahit na-scam ako, parang naawa ako sa kaniya (I was a bit conflicted there, because even though I was scammed, I felt sorry for him),” said Woolley.

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