(Updated) Philippine businessman says in talks to partner China's DiDi for ride-hailing services

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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7.30 pm SGT on November 4 after DiDi clarified that it has no plans to expand to the Philippines.

A Philippine politician and businessman has claimed his firm is in talks with Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company with 550 million registered users, to jointly offer ride-hailing services in the country.

Luis “Chavit” Singson, who is the mayor of Narvacan town, Ilocos Sur, told the Inquirer that DiDi is holding negotiations with U-Hop Transportation Network Vehicle System Inc (U-Hop), one of the 10 companies authorised by the transport regulator to operate ride-sharing services in the Philippines.

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