HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has ordered the recall of all special plates or number 8-plates issued to the lawmakers during the 16th Congress and earlier.
Alvarez issued the instruction following reports that there are cars with 8-plate spotted in the indecent places.
The House leader also wanted to make sure that these car plates will not be used in crime activities, destroying the integrity of the members of Congress.
“Kindly turn in these car plates to the Office of the Secretary General for proper acknowledgement,” the memorandum read.
The order was issued through House Secretary General Cesar Pareja.
“We have received reports that certain vehicles with Protocol Plate No. 8 have been spotted in indecent places or figured in crime-related activities,” the letter added.
on the tradition of the House, each congressman is issued two sets of the No. 8 protocol plate.
Last August 16, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had turned over to Highway Patrol Group at least four vehicles with license plate “8” – after they were recovered at a cybersex den in Pasay City.
The vehicles are a Jaguar, a Ford Expedition, a Hyundai Starex and a Toyota Avanza. NBI raiders found them when they raided the den and rescued 11 minors who were being peddled to foreigners for anywhere from $300 to $400.
Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco questioned why the memorandum only pertains to plates distributed during the 16th Congress and earlier, saying plates for the 17th Congress should also be included.
Tiangco is pushing for a measure seeking to criminalize the use of special plates by representatives.
“Dapat pati 17th Congress. Hindi naman namin kailangan ng 8 na plaka para magserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan,” Tiangco said.
“At kung talagang seryoso tungkol dito, ipasa ang panukalang batas ko na nagbabawal sa 8 na plaka, para may parusa sa mga gagamit nito,” he added.