Rep. Fariñas asks immunity of congressmen from minor traffic violations

UNTV News   •   September 19, 2017   •   5924

The House of Representative

The House of Representative

MANILA, Philippines — House Majority Floor Leader Cong. Rudy Fariñas asked for consideration from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on behalf of congressmen in case of minor traffic violations, especially when they are on their way to attend House sessions.

Fariñas explained that their job as a representative of the people is important especially when they have to put a vote on several issues.

But Fariñas assured that once the session is over, the concerned lawmaker will report to authorities to face his or her violation.

“Even if we commit an offense that resulted in a vehicular accident, when the lawmaker introduces himself as a congressman, do not apprehend right away because based on rules, after the session, the Speaker will surrender the lawmaker. Do not bring a congressman to a precinct right away because he cannot perform his duty and function,” said Fariñas.

Senators and congressmen are entitled to immunity as stated in the Article 6 Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution.

This means, lawmakers in all offenses punishable by not more than 6 years of imprisonment are privileged against arrest while the Congress is in session.

 

The House of Representative is now strict in implementing their rules in session. Entrances into the plenary are closed by 4p.m.

Lawmakers who fail to enter the session hall by that time will be considered absent. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

MMDA to conduct traffic simulations for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a traffic simulation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 14.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said to expect a traffic build-up during the simulation as well as during the rehearsal of the SEA Games on November 26.

“May konting pagtigil sa regular na pagdaloy ng trapiko. Kapag malapit na ititigil mo na so magtataka iyong mga kababayan natin ‘bakit kami tinitigil?’ So ibig sabihin po noon may paparating pong convoy (There is a slight changes in the regular traffic flow. Once the convoy is near, traffic will be stopped. Our motorists would ask why, well it means that they convoy is on its way),” she said.

This is to test out the bus convoys of the athletes and delegates who will attend the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11.

The simulation will begin from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

From hotels in Tagaytay, Pasay, and Manila, the convoy will traverse EDSA, North Luzon Expressway and other main roads in Metro Manila before arriving at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Here are the following roads that will be affected by the simulation:

  • EDSA Northbound lane
  • Mindanao Avenue
  • North Avenue
  • Quirino Avenue
  • Pasay Avenue
  • Taft Avenue
  • Magallanes
  • South Luzon Expressway
  • North Luzon Expressway

The MMDA will implement the Stop and Go scheme for the affected roads in Metro Manila.

The convoy will pass through the yellow lane and there will be no special lane provided for them. No roads will be closed during the simulation, according to the MMDA.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

LIST: Weekend road repairs, reblocking in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m. Friday (Nov. 8) until 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 11):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA Camp Crame Gate to after Annapolis St. (beside MRT)
  • EDSA after Muñoz to Bansalangin St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • G. Araneta Bayanin intersection

WESTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Nightingale to Zabarte Road (inner lane)
  • General Luis St. from Samonte St. to SB Road

EASTBOUND:

  • Elliptical Road after Maharlika St. (6th lane from outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. near Marvex Drive (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C-5 after CP Garcia St. infront UP Town Center (truck lane)
  • EDSA after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)
  • Congressional Ave. Ext. cor Luzon Ave. (2nd lane from center island) and after Tandang Sora Ave. (truck lane)
  • Luzon Ave. before Congressional Ave. Ext. (1st lane from center island)
  • R. Magsaysay Blvd. after Magsaysay Bridge going Quiapo (inner lane)

Affected motorists are advised to avoid said areas and use alternate routes instead.

MMDA to run after errant public bus drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it will run after public utility bus (PUB) drivers who have committed hundreds of traffic violations since 2006.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said they were able to account for more than 1,700 PUB drivers based on its database.

The list of names of these drivers has already been turned over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Garcia said that based on MMDA records, one bus driver alone has committed 533 violations, including obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, loading/unloading, yellow lane, and open door.

“I was alarmed over these erring PUB drivers, so I immediately coordinated with the LTO. We will strictly enforce Republic Act 4136 against errant drivers,” he told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.

Under RA 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, a driver who commits the same violations at least three times in a year may face automatic suspension of his/her license for at least one to two years.

The MMDA said the PNP-Highway Patrol Group Traffic Enforcement Unit will apprehend the suspended PUB drivers once the list comes out.

The LTO, for its part, assured the public that due process will be observed in dealing with these traffic law violators.

“Our aim is to instill discipline among the PUB drivers. Also, this is for the safety of passengers,” Garcia said.

He also warned bus operators against hiring PUB drivers with numerous traffic violations.

“Please exercise extra-ordinary diligence in hiring a PUB driver or else we will impound your vehicle,” he said.

The agency said it is currently scrutinizing records of public utility vehicle drivers’ traffic violations from 2018 up to present.

Copies of these records will be submitted to the LTO for proper action.

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