Vehicle plates affected by TRO to be available in February

UNTV News   •   January 25, 2018   •   4560

MANILA, Philippines – Car owners whose license plates are suspended for release may soon receive said licenses starting this February.

This, after the Supreme Court has lifted the temporary restraining order on the said car plates.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), however, clarified that there are only 300,000 license plates left in their office for release.

“Kukonti lang po ito at lahat ito may naka asssigned dito. Kaya wag po tayo punta sa LTO at magde demand sa LTO kung di tayo tinatawagan ng LTO,” LTO Law Enforcement Service Director Francis Ray A. Almora said.

(There are only a few of these and have already been assigned. So do not go to the LTO and demand from the agency if LTO did not give you call.)

The more than 400,000 plates have already been distributed even before the Supreme Court (SC) issued a TRO.

LTO said car owners just have to wait for their call or text message before going to their office

Owners must bring a copy of their official receipt and certificate of registration and a valid ID.

The LTO adds that the 700,000 plates are just part of the many pending plates that need to be printed.

As of now, the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit has not been lifted yet

This is the reason why until now, the LTO cannot issue new plates

However, the lifting of the TRO for the 700,000 plates have helped in easing the problem


Asec. Edgar Galvante is positive that the notice of disallowance will be lifted soon and they can start printing new plates.

LTO will be the one to print the plates through the machines supplied by the contractor.

“Kung mali-lift na yung notice of disallowance, eh siguro mas bibilis yung process ng pag manufacture ng plates doon sa naunang kontrata,” Galvante said.

(If the notice of disallowance will be lifted, perhaps the process of manufacturing the plates will be faster compared with the previous contract.)

Danny has been waiting for his car plate for almost 2 years. He is thankful that he can finally get it.

“Mas maganda na magkaroon po ng plaka kasi at least makikita mo na talagang legal yung ano niya (It’s better to have a license plate because at least you know that it’s legal),” driver Danny Capar said.

“If all hindrances will be cleared including the notice of disallowance, the LTO is confident that they can issue a license plate as soon as a new car unit is released to the buyer.” – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Malacañang keeps distance from SC decision lifting TRO on Mamasapano trial

Maris Federez   •   August 7, 2019

The Office of the President has distanced itself from the Supreme Court (SC) decision that lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the hearing of the case against former president Benigno Aquino III on the Mamasapano encounter.

Read: SC lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial at Sandiganbayan

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo has refused to further comment on the issue as the palace would not want to be accused of meddling with the decision of the judiciary which is a co-equal branch of government.

“[W]e refuse to comment on the action undertaken by the Supreme Court, which belongs to a separate and independent branch of government from ours. We cannot and we do not intend to interfere with the functions of other branches which are distinct from the Executive,” Panelo said.

The palace, he added, would rather see the judicial process roll on its own accord.

“We will, as usual, let the law take its course,” Panelo said. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

SC lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial at Sandiganbayan

Maris Federez   •   August 7, 2019

The Supreme Court has lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) it had issued on the Mamasapano trial at the Sandiganbayan.

SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka in a statement on Wednesday said that the justices have voted the lifting of the temporary restraining order during Tuesday’s en banc session.

“I would like to confirm that the Supreme Court has lifted the TRO on the Mamasapano trial before the Sandiganbayan,” Hosaka’s statement said.

“With the lifting of the TRO, the Sandiganbayan may now proceed with the trial and act on pending matters filed before it,” he added.

The decision is expected to pave the way for possible action on the withdrawal of the graft and usurpation of authority charges against former President Benigno Aquino III in connection with the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos on January 25, 2015. 

The charges were filed with the Sandiganbayan in November 2017 by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

Charged with Aquino were former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and former PNP-SAF director Getulio Napeñas, Jr.

Aquino was scheduled to be arraigned, but the SC issued a TRO that halted the proceedings in the case in February last year, acting on a petition by relatives of two of the slain elite policemen that Aquino be charged instead with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

In June this year, Ombudsman Samuel Martires moved to withdraw the graft and usurpation charges against the former president, saying he found no sufficient ground and evidence.

Martires, however, added that his decision was without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges against the accused after the conduct of a preliminary investigation.

In July, Sandiganbayan, on the other hand, said the anti-graft court will wait for the SC to lift the TRO before it could act on the Ombudsman’s motion. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

DOTr, LTO to hold consultations on design of new motorcycle plates

Robie de Guzman   •   March 28, 2019

Various groups of motorcycle riders staged a protest against the new law that requires bigger and more readable plate numbers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has assured to consult the public on the design and implementation of larger and doubled plate numbers for motorcycles.

Under the newly-signed Republic Act No. 11235 or the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act,” motorcycles are required to have license plates at the front and back of the vehicle, with plate details readable from a distance of 15 meters.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said they will meet with motorcycle riders and other concerned sectors to hear their suggestions and address any reservations on the new policy.

“Magkakaroon ng consultation sa motorcycle riders. Pakikinggan natin ang mga suhestiyon para mapaigting ang safety and security,” Tugade said during the Transport Talks press briefing held at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on March 26.

(We will hold a consultation with motorcycle riders. We will hear their suggestions to intensify safety and security.)

“Sa pagpapatupad ng bagong batas na ito, hangarin natin ang kaligtasan ng rider, ng sakay niya, gayundin ang seguridad ng publiko na siyang sentro ng batas na ito,” he added.

(In implementing this new law, we are aiming for the safety of the rider and his passenger. The law is centered on the security of the public.)

The DOTr and LTO also presented during the briefing the samples of larger motorcycle plate designs.

LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Galvante, however, emphasized that the materials and design of the new plates is still open for suggestion.

He also stressed that the law does not specifically state that the plate be made of metal, as claimed by some motorcycle rider groups opposing the measure.

“Wala pong provision sa batas na nagsasabing metal plates ang gagamitin. Materials should be sturdy enough to have a plate that is readable. Welcome po ang DOTr at LTO para tanggapin ang inyong mga suhestisyon,” Galvante said.

(There is no provision in the law stating that metal plates should be used. The DOTr and LTO is open to accept suggestions.)

Aside from proposed plate designs, the DOTR is also considering the use of conduction stickers and decals with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

Duterte signed the Republic Act 11235 or the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” last March 8. It aims to prevent crimes by making number plates more readable and color-coded based on the Philippine regions for quick and easy identification.

READ: Duterte signs law requiring bigger, color-coded plates for motorcycles

Under the law, driving without a readable number plate can result in imprisonment and a fine of P50,000 to P100,000. Law enforcers will also seize the motorcycle and such will only be released upon proof of ownership, payment of the costs of seizure, and compliance with a number plate or readable number plate.

If a motorcycle number plate is lost, damaged or stolen, its owner is required to immediately report it and request a replacement or face a fine of P20,000 to P50,000.

The use of stolen plates will be meted out a fine of P50,000 to P100,000.

Motorcycle owners with number plates not in conformity with the law’s provisions are required to renew their registration and apply for the new number plates before June 30 this year.

The law mandates the LTO and other concerned government agencies to produce the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Act within 90 days from its effectivity. – Robie de Guzman


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