Ma. Isabel Lopez says sorry for violation, appeals to LTO not to cancel her license

admin   •   November 17, 2017   •   5914

MANILA, Philippines — Actress and former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez humbled herself and apologized for the breach of security protocol she committed when she illegally used the lane designated for the delegates and heads of state of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“Once again I’m apologizing to the people I have inconvenienced. The public, those people who missed their flights. It was a lapse of judgment on my part,” said Lopez.

With her lawyer, Lopez faced earlier the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after she was summoned and issued with a show cause order last Monday.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) seeks to suspend or cancel the license of the actress for violating the security protocol authorities implemented during the ASEAN Summit.

The actress said she is ready to accept the punishment and fines the agency will impose on her, but pleaded to not revoke her license to drive.

“I am pleading. I have no driving violation or traffic violation on my driver’s license. Whatever penalty will be imposed on me, please give me some senior citizen’s discount,” said the actress.

The former beauty queen said she regrets what she did and noted that she should had waited in the heavy traffic.

Francis Ray Almora, the director of the LTO ordered Lopez to submit a written explanation on the incident before releasing a decision on whether or not to suspend or cancel her license.

“We are determining if Ms. Lopez is a proper person to hold a license or to drive a motor vehicle. It is consistent with the Republic Act 1436M, said the director. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong to be closed for a month – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong will be totally closed to vehicular traffic for one month as it will undergo reconstruction, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Friday.

In a statement, the MMDA said the bridge will be closed starting Saturday, March 14.

“The bridge, crossing San Juan River and connecting Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila, will be closed starting on March 14 (Saturday) at 10pm,” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said during a press briefing held at the MMDA main headquarters in Makati City.

“Total closure of Sevilla Bridge will last until April 14,” he added.

Garcia said the bridge closure is to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project, an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway starting from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

“One-way traffic scheme going to Manila will be implemented every 5am onwards for one month,” he said.

Trucks will also be prohibited from entering Valenzuela-P. Sanchez intersection going to Shaw Boulevard.

The MMDA advised motorists coming from Manila to take alternative routes by turning right to Bagumbayan and then turn left to Lubiran (Bacood Bridge) to New Panaderos going to destination.

An 30,000 to 40,000 motorists will be affected by the bridge closure.

Pasig LGU turns over 2 boats for MMDA Pasig River ferry service

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig City government has officially turned over its two ferry boats to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to be added to the existing fleet for the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS).

The turn-over was held during Wednesday’s signing of the memorandum of agreement between the MMDA and the Pasig City government.

“Improved facilities, more boats, information dissemination, and consistency will make the PRFS ridership increase and even double in number,” Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said during the ceremony.

The two 57-seater ferry boats, M/B Mutya ng Pasig 1 and 2, are equipped with closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to ensure safety of passengers. It also has overhead electric fans for ventilation and toilet room.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim thanked Sotto for his city’s donation.

“The two boats donated to the PRFS by the City of Pasig is surely a big help to continually give the best service to our passengers,” Lim said.

Since its relaunch in December 2019, the Pasig ferry service accommodates an average of 700 to 1,000 passengers a day.

MMDA Deputy Chairman and PRFS Head Undersecretary Frisco San Juan, Jr. said that other local government units in Metro Manila have pledged support to the project.

He said the Manila City government has pledged to donate two boats while Pasig LGU proposed a free shuttle ride to the station during rush hour to promote the ferry service.

San Juan also revealed that the Office of the President has promised to donate two boats to the service.

The MMDA earlier announced that the Pasig River ferry ride will remain free until March 31.

City bus drivers with multiple traffic violations face suspension beginning March 9

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 4, 2020

City bus drivers in Metro Manila with multiple violations will be suspended beginning Monday (March 9), according to the order of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Starting Monday, the MMDA and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will screen bus drivers through their Bus Management Dispatch System.

The MMDA will have a list of drivers with multiple traffic violations which they will use for monitoring. Once identified, listed drivers will have their license confiscated by the LTO.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said authorities will strictly monitor the roads to ensure there will be no erring city bus drivers plying the streets.

“Kasi may ibang mga drivers naman na hindi na dumadaaan sa mga dispatching namin. We need to apprehend it kukunin natin lisensya niyan at i-impound natin ang sasakyan, (There are drivers who do not go through our dispatching. We need to apprehend them, confiscate their license, and impound their vehicles),” he said.

The suspension aims to protect passengers from possible accidents caused by reckless drivers. The suspension will also last up to three months.

City bus operators support the implemented suspension saying their companies are saddled with paying damage claims due to traffic violations committed by their drivers.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)


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