TEAM nets 81 mo­tor­cy­cle driv­ers vi­o­lat­ing or­di­nance

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Nor­man V. Men­doza and Nes­tle L. Semilla

AL­MOST a hun­dred mo­tor­cy­cle driv­ers were is­sued ci­ta­tion tick­ets asMan­daue City started im­ple­ment­ing the or­di­nance pro­hibit­ing mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers from wear­ing full face tinted visors on hel­mets and face masks yes­ter­day.

The Traf­fic En­force­ment Agency of Man­daue (TEAM) is­sued ci­ta­tion tick­ets car­ry­ing a P5,000 penalty to those wear­ing face masks and bon­nets. Those ap­pre­hended for not wear­ing the pre­scribed hel­met were only is­sued a P500 ci­ta­tion ticket.

At least 81 mo­tor­cy­cle driv­ers were ap­pre­hended as of 5 p.m. on Mon­day. Glenn An­tigua, op­er­a­tions chief of TEAM, said that most of these driv­ers wore face masks and many of them were not from Man­daue City.

How­ever, An­tigua said, many of those ap­pre­hended wear­ing bon­nets and face masks rea­soned that they were not aware of the newly im­ple­mented traf­fic or­di­nance.

“Duha ka se­m­ana ta nga naghimo og in­for­ma­tion drive ani, then na­pub­lish na ni sa mga news­pa­per, naaproba­han na ni ni­ad­tong Novem­ber 2017, nahibalo man sila o wala pero bal­aud na ni,” said An­tigua.

(We have been con­duct­ing an in­for­ma­tion drive on this for two weeks. It was pub­lished in the news­pa­pers and was ap­proved last Novem­ber 2017. Whether they were aware or not, this is al­ready a law).

In the morn­ing, 15 mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers were ap­pre­hended for wear­ing bon­nets and face masks.

An­tigua re­it­er­ated that mo­tor­bik­ers don’t have to buy new hel­mets. They just have to lift the tinted visors of their hel­mets when they are in Man­daue City and that their hel­mets must be the kind pre­scribed by the LTO.

An­tigua brought sam­ples of the pre­scribed and un­pre­scribed kinds of hel­mets dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day as there were also con­fu­sion about the kinds of hel­met that are ap­proved by the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO).

Sun­glasses are not pro­hib­ited, clar­i­fied An­tigua, af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion that some mo­tor­bik­ers com­plained that they were ap­pre­hended for wear­ing sun

glasses. He said they can come to his of­fice to can­cel the ci­ta­tion ticket so that he could also rep­ri­mand the en­forcers who is­sued the ci­ta­tion ticket.

All 220 traf­fic en­forcers in Man­daue were de­ployed to im­ple­ment the or­di­nance. An­tigua said that they did not al­low any en­forcers to take a leave yes­ter­day.

Most of the ap­pre­hen­sions were on M.C. Bri­ones St.

He ex­pects that it would at least be a month be­fore mo­tor­bik­ers would be fully aware of the new traf­fic or­di­nance.

“I set­tle dayon nila ilang is­sued ci­ta­tion tick­ets. Pero if dili gani, af­ter seven days di sila maka set­tle sa ilang vi­o­la­tion ato g’yud sila file- an og kaso ,” An­tigua said.

(They should set­tle their ci­ta­tion tick­ets im­me­di­ately. If they don’t set­tle it within seven days, then we will be forced to file a case against them).


Lapu-Lapu City ap­par­ently also has an or­di­nance pro­hibit­ing the wear­ing of face masks, bon­nets and hel­mets with tinted visors, which was ap­proved al­most ten years ago but has never been im­ple­mented.

The traf­fic or­di­nance was spon­sored by Coun­cilor Ed­uardo Cuizon, and ap­proved and signed by then Lapu-Lapu City Mayor and now Rep. Ar­turo Radaza and then Vice-Mayor Mario Amores in 2009.

Mario Na­pule, Of­fi­cerin-charge of the City Traf­fic Man­age­ment Sys­tem (CTMS) of Lapu-Lapu City said, that since he worked with CTMS dur­ing the in­cum­bency of CTMS Chief Frank Brazil, he could not re­mem­ber hav­ing im­ple­mented the or­di­nance nor was he even aware that there was such an or­di­nance.

“Wala sab ko mahibalo og unsa’y ra­son nga naghimo sila ana nga traf­fic or­di­nance ug ngano nga wala ma- im­ple­men­tar,” said Na­pule. (I also don’t know the rea­son why they have made that traf­fic or­di­nance and why it was not im­ple­mented).

Na­pule said they have to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the Traf­fic Board of the city.

“Maayo sig­uro kon ang traf­fic po­lice maoy unang mo-im­ple­men­tar na unya mo­sunod lang mi,” added Na­pule. (Maybe it would be bet­ter if the traf­fic po­lice would first im­ple­ment it and we will fol­low later).

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza was also un­aware of that par­tic­u­lar or­di­nance.

The city’s Po­lice Traf­fic Divi­sion Chief, Chief Insp. Jimmy Fortes also said he was not aware of such an or­di­nance and was still in the process of get­ting a copy.

“Nan­gayo pa ko sa kopya sa city traf­fic or­di­nance kay maayo man sab nanga ma-im­ple­men- tar isip usa sa mga paagi sa pag­sumpo sa mo­tor rid­ing-in-tan­dem crim­i­nals,” said Fortes.

(I am still ask­ing for a copy of that or­di­nance as it would also be good to im­ple­ment it as one way of solv­ing mo­tor-rid­ing crim­i­nals).

Also see­ing an ad­van­tage to Man­daue’s ban­ning of bon­nets, face masks and tinted visors but he replied that they have not thought about it yet but as long as mo­tor­bik­ers do wear their hel­mets and shoes, that would be fine. But he said, that maybe in the fu­ture they will also create such an or­di­nance but as of the mo­ment wherein mo­tor-rid­ing crim­i­nals have been in­volved in the re­cent series of killings in the city, he just leaves it to the po­lice to make pre­ven­tive mea­sures and in­ten­sify their vis­i­bil­ity. He said that be­ing traf­fic divi­sion chief, they come and go and it should be the lo­cal traf­fic en­force­ment who will im­ple­ment it as the or­di­nance was made by the city coun­cil. The for­mer city of­fi­cials could not be reached for com­ment. But ac­cord­ing to Na­pule that dur­ing the time of for­mer Mayor Ar­turo Radaza, there were also killings per­pe­trated by mo­tor rid­ing-in-tan­dem.


Traf­fic en­forcers ap­pre­hend at least 81 mo­tor­cy­cle driv­ers who vi­o­lated the or­di­nance ban­ning the use of face masks, bon­nets and tinted full face visors.

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