By Charissa Luci-Aitenza
Three lawmakers batted for the suspension or revocation of the driver’s license of Maria Isabel Lopez after the actress breached ASEAN on-the-road security measures last Saturday.
Deputy Speaker and Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, and Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro agreed with the recommendation of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that the driver’s license of Lopez should be either suspended or revoked.
Castro wants the maximum penalty of revocation for Lopez to send a strong message that “laxity and complacency in the enforcement of our traffic rules” have no place in a progressive government. He said it is time to actively put a stop to what could cause a road accident or add discomfort arising from traffic violations that have become a daily annoyance for motorists.
The House leader hoped that authorities would adopt this as “a day-to-day policy and not just as a special or isolated case, or for show.”
On November 12, Lopez was summoned by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for committing the following violations: Disregarding traffic signs, violation of the Anti Distracted Driving Act, and reckless driving.
Lopez earlier admitted to driving along the lane intended for delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. The actress added that the security arrangement made her feel like a “second class citizen in my country.”
LTO Chief Edgar Galvante assured a proper investigation will be conducted on the matter.
National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde previously warned that “any violations on the protocols and rules set forth by the ASEAN Task Forces shall not be tolerated.”
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