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.
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)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday deployed its two new trains to operate in Tutuban-Alabang route after its send-off ceremony and class assignment.
According to PNR general manager Junn Magno, the new trainsets which are part of the 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) consist of four cars each and can carry up to 1,000 passengers per trip.
The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, air conditioning units, and handrails for increased passenger capacity and safety.
The trains also feature poly-carbonate windows capable of withstanding moderate damage caused by thrown rocks, and automatic safety doors equipped with a sensory feature that will easily open should someone or something is caught in between.
With the new trains, the Tutuban-Alabang route will now have a total of five trains.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, meanwhile, assured that PNR fare rates will not increase despite the deployment of new trainsets.
He also called on the public to be alert and immediately report any stone-throwing incident targeting PNR train units.
“Gusto nating manatiling matagal ang paggamit ng ating mga tren kailangan yung kooperasyon ng lahat gamitin ng tama huwag gumawa ng perwisyo, wag maging pasaway,” he said.
Magno said these train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR which are expected to be completely delivered in the coming months.
“Hahabulin po natin na by the end of 2020, we should have enough capacity to serve the southern and part of the northern. Bubuksan na rin po natin yung Valenzuela line para ma-off load rin natin ang EDSA,” he said.
The PNR earlier deployed two other new trains to operate in Tutuban-FTI route in Taguig.
Once the delivery of new train sets is completed, PNR’s current 20,000 passenger capacity is expected to increase to 92,000, inching closer to its target of 200,000 daily passengers in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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