THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) supports the move of the Land Transportation Franchising and
Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to recommend the
suspension or cancellation of actress Maria Isabel Lopez’s driver’s license for deliberately removing
the cones and entering into the Asean lane along EDSA.
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.
“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 Summit.
“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,” the DOTr said.
Yesterday the MMDA, through Atty. Victor Pablo Trinidad, formally filed its complaints against
Lopez before the LTO-Law Enforcement Service
The LTO-LES, on orders of LTO Chief Edgar Galvante, issued a summons against Lopez, based on
the complaint filed by MMDA.
In a statement, DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos said Lopez has been charged with disregarding
traffic signs, violation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, reckless driving before the LTO-LES.
A separate charge of breach of security protocol against Lopez will be filed by MMDA in court.
Galvante said that proper investigation will be observed and that the LTO shall ensure that
their decisions will be anchored on the truth and adherence to the rule of law.
Under Republic Act 4136 or Land Transportation Traffic Code (LTTC), the LTO may suspend or
revoke the driver´s license of any individual as penalties under the law.
LTO said Lopez is a holder of non-professional driver´s license.