DOTr, LTO to summon, charge driver in viral video

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2019   •   2410

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the person who was seen in a video driving a car on a public road while sitting in the passenger seat will be summoned to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Wednesday afternoon.

In a video posted and shared on social media, the person was seen driving a vehicle in daytime traffic from the passenger seat while smoking and fiddling with its horn.

He can also be heard bragging about his violation in the video.

“Basta lahat ng bawal ginagawa ko, napakatraffic talaga sa Maynila, doon sa mundo namin walang ganito. Dito, lahat bawal, doon walang bawal (beep) siya yun!” the guy said.

The video was originally posted on the Facebook account of a certain Miko Lopez last May 25 with a caption “ngayon mo ko hulihin kuya.”

It was shared on social media group “JDM Tayo Paps” by Facebook user Axel Farinas which drew criticisms from internet users.

But instead of showing remorse, Lopez even taunted his critics to do something about it if they can, based on their exchanges in the comment section of the video.

He even posted a photo about driving a car without a steering wheel to ridicule his attackers.

A netizen who got peeved with Lopez brought the matter to the attention of the authorities.

Talagang ipapahuli ka namin, kuya. 😡LTO Philippines, please make sure this person doesn’t get a license again… ever. HUWAG PO NATING TULARAN. ANG PAGMAMANEHO, HINDI TRIP TRIP LANG.[Video and Photo Courtesy: Mr. Axel Farinas] [Actual Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/154402621561259/permalink/867178410283673?sfns=mo]

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Tuesday, 28 May 2019

In a post on Twitter, the DOTr confirmed that the man in the video was identified as Miko Lopez and that he will be summoned to answer the issue.

“Miko Lopez will be summoned to LTO today. He has already been identified and address was already determined,” the DOTr said.

“The LTO will charge him for reckless driving, illegal modification (removing the steering wheel), not wearing seatbelt, and improper person to operate a motor vehicle,” the agency added.

The DOTr further stated that Lopez’s license will be revoked and he will also be disqualified from applying for a driver’s license again in the future.

“If he does not appear, LTO will resolve this issue on the basis of evidence presented,” the DOTr added.

In a separate statement, LTO executive director Romeo Vera Cruz chastised Lopez’s antics, saying this poses a danger to himself and other people.

“This video is clear proof that he is an improper person to operate a vehicle, aside from committing traffic violations,” he said.

DOTr Undersecretary for road transport Mark de Leon, meanwhile, said that this incident should serve as a stern warning and called on the public to report this kind of violation to merit swift action.

“Huwag nating i-mock ang kakayanan ng gobyerno by clearly disobeying traffic rules. Nakaligtas ka man noong oras na ginawa mo ‘yan, we will make sure you will get penalized,” he added. (with details from Joan Nano)

Construction of Sangley Airport now 72% complete — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

Courtesy: the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Sangley Airport in Cavite is almost done, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The new airport is now 72% complete as construction works run 24/7 for the general aviation and turboprop operations of the airport.

Structural works have been continuous for the prompt completion of the passenger terminal building as well as the grade preparation for the hangar’s concrete slab.

Roofing and gutter installation is almost complete, according to DOTr, as well as the ramp and taxiway construction including the drainage system at the airport’s landside area.

The ongoing construction is in line with the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to make sure that the facility will be completed in time for the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte which is in November of this year.

Once completed, the Sangley Airport is expected help decongest airport traffic at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Construction of Mindanao railway system to begin in 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2019

Image from Department of Transportation (DOTr)

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of the first phase of the Mindanao Railway System is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Monday.

The DOTr said the bidding for the construction of the project will be held on November 2019 while the groundbreaking is scheduled early next year, citing a Facebook post of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Manny Piñol.   

Phase 1 of the Mindanao railway project covers 102 kilometers linking the Davao region through its major cities Davao City, Tagum and Digos.

It is designed to accommodate around 110,000 passengers per day in its opening year.

During a briefing last Sept. 12, Piñol asked project planners to consider the coastal areas of Surigao down to Davao Occidental and Sultan Kudarat provinces in the railway project.

These coastal regions, according to Piñol, could be transformed into major food production and tourism areas if they are connected to the railway system.

The MinDA chief said his agency will provide the project’s engineering consultants a commodity map of Mindanao to help them identify key production areas in the region.

Piñol added that the groundwork for the succeeding phases of the 1,550-kilometer railway system is also being prepared by a group of Chinese engineering consultants.

The Mindanao Railway project is seen to be completed by 2022. It is projected to increase the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to 134,060 once it becomes operational.

The railway’s first segment is also envisioned to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours.

MRT-3 resumes partial ops after Guadalupe station cable cut off

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it has restored partial operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train service as of 9:45 a.m. after a cut in the overhead catenary system (OCS) caused the suspension of the entire operations earlier.

“MRT-3 resumes partial operations from North Avenue Station to Shaw Boulevard Station (both bounds) as of 9:45 a.m.,” the DOTr-MRT-3 said in an advisory.

“Repair works to restore full service in the entire line is ongoing,” it added.

MRT-3 operations were suspended around 6:42 a.m. Friday due to a reported OCS cable cut which caused insufficient power supply from Shaw Boulevard to Santolan.

The management then implemented provisional service from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard.

In its 10 a.m. update on Twitter, the DOTr-MRT-3 said that repair works is still ongoing to restore full service in the entire line before 5 p.m. Friday.

It also reported that as of 10:43 a.m., six trains are running in the mainline with 10 minutes headway, and passengers were able to board the train in partial operations from North Ave. Station to Shaw Boulevard.

The MRT-3 management assured that once the full operations have been restored, it will conduct an investigation to determine how the overhead catenary cable could have been cut.

“We will issue an advisory every hour today until Full Operations is resumed. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” it said.

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