LTO summons doctor to explain behavior in viral road rage video

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019   •   644

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has summoned the doctor in a viral road rage video as it sought his explanation over his rude behavior.

In a Facebook post, the LTO said it has issued on Monday a show cause order against the physician, identified as Tomas Joaquin Mendez, to explain why his license should not be suspended or revoked over the incident.

The agency cited Section 27 of the Land Transportation and Traffic code which provides the authority to suspend, and the exclusive power to revoke any driver’s license issued if it has reason to believe that the holder is an improper person to operate motor vehicles, or as an accessory to, the commission of any crime or act which endangers the public.

The agency also directed Mendez in its order to appear at the Intelligence and Investigation Division of the LTO Central Office in Quezon City on Dec. 5.

“He is also to file a Sworn Explanation/Comment and show cause on why he should not be administratively liable under Section 27 of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code,” the LTO said in a statement.

This came after Mendez was caught in a video circulating online hurling expletives against other drivers in two road traffic altercations.

If Mendez fails to appear and submit his sworn explanation, the LTO said it will be construed as a waiver of his right to be heard in the proceeding.

“He will, however, be informed of the result of the evaluation of his case,” the agency added.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier tagged Mendez’s action as an example of abusive behavior and misconduct in a motorist.

It also reminded drivers to remain calm when involved in similar road incidents to avoid hurting other people.

“Inuulit po namin ang paalala sa mga motorista na maging mahinahon at huwag daanin sa init ng ulo o sa antas ng pamumuhay kung sakaling masangkot sa isang traffic incident,” the DOTr said.

“Hangad natin ay isang lipunan kung saan pantay-pantay tayong susunod sa mga alituntunin at batas trapiko, at iginagalang natin ang karapatan at dignidad ng bawat isa,” it added.

LTO suspends license of driver who dragged Manila traffic law enforcer

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday said it has temporarily suspended the license of the driver who dragged a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer clinging onto his vehicle.

In a statement, the LTO said the license of the driver, identified as Orlando Ricardo Dizon, Jr., is suspended for three months while the vehicle involved has been “tagged for an alarm,” also for 3 months.

The agency said the lifting of this preventive suspension is subject to its approval.

It added that a show-cause order has also been issued to Dizon where he was directed to appear before the agency’s Intelligence and Investigation Division in Quezon City on November 21.

The LTO said it summoned Dizon to explain his alleged involvement in a traffic altercation and hit-and-run incident with MTPB enforcer Adrian Lim on Saturday, Nov. 16

In a CCTV footage, Lim was seen holding onto a swerving gray Mitsubishi Xpander as it sped along the street of Gelinos near Laong-Laan in Sta. Cruz. Lim sustained injuries after he lost his grip and fell from Dizon’s vehicle.

The incident reportedly ensued after Lim flagged down Dizon for a traffic law violation.

Dizon was apprehended by authorities at Oroquieta Street near Tayuman Street following the incident.

The LTO said that the driver’s employer, Digital Network Communications and Computers, Inc. (DNCCI), was also asked to explain why the company should not be penalized or fined for failure to exercise due diligence in hiring and supervising the driver.

The agency further directed Dizon and DNCCI’s Corporate Secretary to file a sworn explanation why the vehicle and Dizon’s driver’s license should not be held liable administratively.

Dizon is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 3 and will face charges for hit-and-run and serious physical injury.

Gov’t agencies inspect Araneta Bus Terminal prior to Thursday’s influx of passengers

Maris Federez   •   October 30, 2019

Several government agencies conducted rounds and random checks at the Araneta Bus terminal in Quezon City on Wednesday (October 30).

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started early at 5 in the morning with its spokesperson, Celine Pialago, leading the breath analyzer testing on provincial bus drivers to ensure that they are not under the influence of alcohol.

The randomly selected 13 drivers were tested negative of alcohol test based on the breath analyzer equipment used.

“Well, ‘pag nag-positive po y’ong driver sa alhocol content, iho-hold po siya ng Araneta Center at kailangan po siyang papahingahin at papapalitan po ng driver para po tuluyang makabyahe y’ong unit po ng nasabing bus,” Pialago said.

The Land Transportation Officer (LTO), on the other hand, inspected the lights and the condition of the tires and brakes of passenger buses.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), meanwhile, checked the roadworthiness of the bus units.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said passenger buses must have security and dash cameras installed on their units: otherwise, the operators shall be meted out with P5,000 fine.

They also urge passengers to immediately call out the drivers when they notice or encounter problems while on their trip.

“I have reminded them na kung mag-o-overspeeding y’ong driver o kaya hindi maayos y’ong pagda-drive, sabi ko sa mga pasahero, sila na mismo ang sisita sa driver. Sila na mismo kasi they are there on the road in the bus while they are traveling,” the LTFRB chief said.

The Movie and Television Review and Regulatory Board (MTRCB) also conducted an inspection of the kind of movies being shown inside the buses.

MTRCB chairperson Maria Rachel Arenas said that only films or programs with PG rating or are suitable for children must be played inside the bus.

Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), and the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) are doing rounds in the centers of public conveyance.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is also on 24-hour standby starting on Tuesday (October 29) until Monday (November 4).

As more people are expected to travel on Thursday (October 31), bus terminal authorities warn the public against bringing prohibited materials such as bladed weapons, flammable items, and alcoholic drinks. (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

LTO prepares for “Undas” 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2019

Heavy traffic in Makati City, south of Manila, Philippines. (EPA-EFE/Francis R. Malasig)

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday said it is now gearing up to ensure road safety for travelers bound for provinces in the Catholic community’s upcoming observance of “Undas” season.

In a statement, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said all LTO branches and offices have been directed to prepare for the expected influx of motorists for the annual “Undas” on November 1 and 2.

Galvante added this is part of the annual “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas” implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

This year, the initiative will be implemented starting October 22.

“Nais namin sa LTO na siguruhing plantsado na ang lahat bago pa man ilunsad ang ‘Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas’ sa buong bansa sa Martes, ika-22 ng Oktubre 2019. Kaya nga ba, nag-umpisa kami ng mas maaga kaysa sa itinakdang petsa para sa paglulunsad,” he said.

During the Undas season, millions of Filipinos are expected to travel to their respective provinces to take a vacation and spend time with family.

“Nagkataon ding long weekend. Nararapat lamang na tiyakin na makakarating sila sa kanilang patutunguhan ng ligtas, komportable at walang aberya sa lansangan,” Galvante said.

The LTO chief said that in line with its preparation for Undas, it will implement an intensified vehicle roadworthiness inspection to ensure that public utility vehicles (PUV) are in proper condition for road travel.

LTO’s law enforcement unit will also make rounds in transport garage and terminals to ensure that only roadworthy buses and jeepneys will be allowed to travel.

The agency will also have PUV drivers undergo a road safety seminar to enhance their knowledge of road safety and responsible driving. Materials containing traffic rules will also be distributed to motorists.

PUV drivers and conductors will also be asked to undergo random drug testing before leaving the terminal.

“Bago mag-drug test, kailangang i-surrender ng tsuper ang kanyang lisensya. Kapag nagpositibo sa drug test, agad na kukumpiskahin ang lisensya niya upang hindi na makapag-drive sa pagkakataong iyon. Dapat muna siyang sumailalim sa confirmatory test,” Galvante said.

“Kung negative sa confirmatory test, isasauli din ang lisensya ng driver upang makapagmaneho. Pero kung nag-positive sa nasabing drug test, mananatiling kumpiskado ang kanyang lisensya. Hindi papayagang magmaneho ang driver hangga’t hindi napapatunayang wala nang bahid ng droga sa sistema ng kanyang katawan,” he added.

The LTO chief will also deploy enforcers for its “Oplan Isnabero” against abusive and errant drivers of taxi and other public vehicles who refuse to ferry passengers.

He also urged passengers and motorists to be patient with these inspections as these are aimed at ensuring their safe trip.

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