'Good Samaritan' Grab driver shot dead by carnappers posing as passengers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28) — A Grab driver who once made waves on social media for going the extra mile for a passenger was shot dead by unidentified suspects.

“We mourn for the needless and untimely death of one of our best driver-partners, Mr. Gerardo Amolato Maquidato Jr.,” Grab said in a statement Saturday.

“Grab is one with authorities in making sure that justice will be served and perpetrators will be put behind bars,” it added.

Maquidato’s death was brought to the attention of his nephew, Rex Mer Solitario, who posted about the incident early Saturday, Grab said.

In the statement, Grab said Maquidato was killed by suspects disguised as legitimate passengers, who also fled with the victim’s vehicle.

Grab quoted a police report saying that on October 26, at around 7:50 p.m., a witness heard a gunshot, then saw a man pushed out of a silver Toyota Innova along Bonanza Street in Pasay City.

Grab driver was exemplary

Maquidato, a father of four, went viral on Facebook in August 2016, when netizen Divine Lactao Ornum posted about her ride-sharing experience.

Ornum said she had booked a Grab car for her diabetic sister who was picking up bags of blood for her dialysis. Maquidato replied to the booking, picked up her sister, and “did not ask payment for the trip out of kindness,” Grab said.

Ornum’s post has over 92,000 reactions and 16,000 shares.

Maquidato was recognized by Grab a year ago as one of its driver awardees.

The app-based transport service company said their partner drivers have been in at least six cases of carnapping incidents this year, all perpetrated by criminals posing as legitimate passengers.

Grab added it is working with the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group to resolve the cases.