Amid new Angkas weight policy, TV reporter complains about rider body shaming her

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) – A television reporter spoke out against a rider from ride-hailing company Angkas who ‘repeatedly’ shamed her for being ‘overweight.’

In a Facebook post on Friday, GMA correspondent Saleema Devi Refran recalled how a rider, whom she did not name, described her as “mataba”, “overweight” and “obese” while she was doing a story on the app-based motorcycle taxi service provider’s new policy called “weight safety check.”

In the latest version of the Angkas app, the company said that “heavy” passengers may be denied for safety reasons.

“We don’t judge, we just want to ensure the safety of both you and our bikers,” claimed Angkas.

Refran said that the one who allegedly shamed her wanted to use her “as “sample on how smaller bikes cannot handle bigger passengers.”

When the broadcaster could not take the insults any longer, she told the rider: “Opo, mataba ako pero hindi ako dapat pagtawanan.”

[Translation: Yes, I am fat, but I should not be laughed at.]

But the reporter clarified she has no issue with the Angkas policy, saying she gets objective behind it.

“I have no issue with the policy as it is meant to partner passengers with riders using bigger bikes,” Refran wrote.

But as someone who has struggled with her weight, Refran took offense when people think that being fat is a laughing matter.

“To riders who will refuse passengers because of their weight, wag nyo naman po kutyain or alipustahin. Wag nyo naman po pagtawanan. Tao rin po kami,” she said.

[Translation: Please don’t ridicule us. Don’t laugh at us. We are also humans.]