Solons back raps vs Is­abel Lopez

Tempo - - News - Luci-Atienza) (Charissa M.

Law­mak­ers bat­ted yes­ter­day for the sus­pen­sion or re­vo­ca­tion of the driver’s li­cense of ac­tress Maria Is­abel Lopez for vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic rules and for breach of se­cu­rity 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.

“No one is above the law,” Gar­cia said in an in­ter­view.

“What does the law say that should be fol­lowed,” Al­bano said in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view.

For his part, Cas­tro said the max­i­mum penalty of re­vo­ca­tion should be im­posed against Lopez, lament­ing that the roads and high­ways are al­ways in dis­ar­ray due to ab­sence or lack of dis­ci­pline and dis­re­gard of traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions.

He said the im­po­si­tion of max­i­mum penalty will “send a strong mes­sage that lax­ity and com­pla­cency in the en­force­ment of our traf­fic rules is the de­mand of the time and so that ac­ci­dents and dis­com­fort from traf­fic vi­o­la­tion that has be­come an­noy­ing news of the day is ar­rested.”

“In essence how­ever, this should be­come a day to day pol­icy of the gov­ern­ment and not, special, iso­lated and sim­ply empty show,” the House leader said.

On Novem­ber 12, the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO) is­sued a sum­mon to Lopez for com­mit­ting the fol­low­ing vi­o­la­tions: Dis­re­gard­ing traf­fic signs, Vi­o­la­tion of the Anti Dis­tracted Driv­ing Act, and Reck­less driv­ing.

LTO Chief Edgar Gal­vante said they will ob­serve proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dures based on truth and ad­her­ence to the rule of law.

Lopez ear­lier ad­mit­ted breach­ing the lane in­tended for del­e­gates of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) Lead­ers’ Sum­mit and Re­lated Sum­mits.

The ac­tress said she feels that she has be­come a “sec­ond class ci­ti­zen in my coun­try” for giv­ing way to the ASEAN mem­bers.

Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO) Di­rec­tor Os­car Al­bay­alde had warned that “any vi­o­la­tions on the pro­to­cols and rules set forth by the ASEAN Task Forces shall not be tol­er­ated.”

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