Saturday, November 25, 2017

She’s fast, they’re furious! MMDA wants to strip Maria Isabel Lopez of driver’s license

By: Xave Gregorio

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wants to strip former beauty queen and actress Maria Isabel Lopez of her driver’s license after she posted on social media videos of her cruising through the Asean lane by removing traffic cones.

In a Facebook post, Lopez shared how she got fed up with traffic congestion on EDSA, she decided to take matters into her own hands by removing traffic cones and driving into the lanes reserved for Asean delegates with her hazard lights on. She also said other motorists followed her lead.

She garnered the ire of netizens and government authorities, who are now seeking to permanently revoke her driver’s license and ban her from acquiring a new one.

“It is clear that Lopez operated her vehicle on EDSA, while using a mobile phone, without reasonable caution and it endangered the property, safety and the rights of our Asean delegates,” MMDA’s Atty. Victor Pablo Trinidad said in a Nov. 13 letter to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

“Such shameless conduct and unlawful act of breaching the security protocol during an international event in our country make her ‘an improper person to operate a motor vehicle’ which would endanger the public,” Trinidad continued.

The LTO on Sunday (Nov. 12) summoned Lopez for disregarding traffic signs, violating the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and reckless driving.

Lopez has defended herself, saying she is only human and should not be singled out as many other motorists followed her lead.

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