LTO summons actress over ASEAN lane violation

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ACTRESS and 1982 Binibining Pilipinas Universe Maria Isabel Lopez was summoned by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for driving on the lane exclusively for use by delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Saturday.

The LTO said Lopez’s violations are disregarding traffic signs, violation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and reckless driving.

“LTO Chief Edgar Galvante says that proper investigation procedures will be observed, and that LTO shall ensure that their decision will be anchored on the truth, and adherence to the rule of law,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a statement Monday.

The DOTr supported the recommendation of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the suspension or cancellation of Lopez’s driver’s license.

“The DOTr leadership, under Secretary Arthur Tugade, fervently believes that no one is above the law, and that all violators should be held accountable for their actions,” it said.

“Government agencies concerned in traffic and transportation are one in implementing and enforcing rules and regulations concerning the use of roads and major thoroughfares, especially with the country hosting an international event, such as the ASEAN. Ms. Lopez’s actions, which she even posted on social media, does not only show a blatant disregard of traffic rules and regulations, but also puts at risk the Summit delegates and other persons who might replicate her actions,” it added.

In her Facebook account, Lopez bragged that she removed plastic barriers and entered the ASEAN lane on EDSA.

The beauty queen appeared to have been proud of her pretending to be a participant of the ASEAN Summit while driving with hazards “on.”

Lopez had already apologized for the incident Sunday. ABP/PNA

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