DOTr, LTO to summon, charge driver in viral video

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2019   •   2761

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:]

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)

Retrenchment of some 100 LRT-1 employees deferred

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Light Rail Management Co. (LRMC) puts on hold previously announced laying off of LRT-1 employees. 

In a statement, the LRMC explained that the move will allow the company to recalibrate strategies and continue supporting team members and government partners.

For now, the LRMC is coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) regarding its recovery plans to further strengthen its operations following the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The mass lay-off LRMC previously announced was prompted by the 90 percent drop in ridership and projects that were put on hold because of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the LRMC has set a mass swab testing for its employees from August 14 to 19 in compliance with the order of the DOTr. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

Presyo ng face shield sa merkado, dumoble dahil sa taas ng demand

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Dumoble ang presyo ng face shield sa ilang pamilihan sa Divisoria at Baclaran kasunod ng pagtaas ng demand para rito.

Ayon sa ilang mamimili, nagulat sila sa biglang pagtaas ng presyo ng face shield sa maikling panahon lamang.

Mula sa P23 bawat piraso noon lamang Sabado, umakyat umano ang presyo nito sa P40 hanggang P65.

Sinasabing tumaas ang demand sa face shield matapos i-anunsyo ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na oobligahin na simula sa August 15 ang pagsusuot ng face shield para sa mga sasakay ng pampublikong sasakyan.

Batay ito sa inilabas na administrative order ng DOTr na may layuning mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Sa taas ng demand, pahirapan na rin umano ang pagkuha ng supply nito ngayon ayon sa ilang tindahan.

Ayon sa face shield vendor na si Rudy Iglesias, dati ay pasampu-sampu o singkwenta lang ang nabebenta niya pero ngayon ay libu-libo na ang hinahanap sa kanila ng mga mamimili kaya nahihirapan na silang kumuha ng supply.

“Sa ngayon mahirap po. mahirap po talaga. Sa dami pong naghahanap mula nung inano ng ating presidente na kailangang gumamit tayo ng ganito,” ani Iglesias. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

LTO extends validity of registration of vehicles with plate numbers ending in 6,7,8

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is extending the validity of registration of motor vehicles with plate numbers ending in 6, 7 and 8 until September 30.

The advisory is in line with the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region and nearby areas in Region 4A.

The measure aims to avoid congestion at all LTO offices and to consistently observe social distancing during the community quarantine.

Likewise, this will ensure orderly processing of transactions without compromising the health of both the agency’s personnel and clients.

The agency assures that the validity extension will not incur any penalty or surcharge for concerned vehicle owners . 

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