2 motorists, cop, ‘soldier’ in viral row in hot water

August 30, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 251 views

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) has slapped a 90-day temporary preventive suspension on two motorists, a police sergeant and a man who claimed to be a military intelligence officer, who figured in another viral confrontation, this time, in Makati City last week.

At the same time, LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II said a Show Cause Order (SCO) was also issued against Police Staff Sgt. Marsan Dolipas, and Angelito Rencio who identified himself as a member of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines based on the report of the incident by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and

Both the preventive suspension on the driver’s licenses and the SCO swere issued by the LTO-National Capital Region headed by Director Roque Verzosa III.

“Personal kong napanood ang video na nag-viral sa social media kaya agad nating ipinag-utos na suspendihin pansamantala ang lisensya ng dalawang taong involved sa insidenteng ito at pagpapaliwanagin din natin kung bakit hindi dapat i-revoke ang kanilang professional driver’s license,” said Mendoza.

“Ang agarang nating aksyon ay alinsunod sa kautusan ng ating DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista na maging mabilis sa pagtugon laban sa mga tao na itinuturing nating banta sa kaligtasan ng mga motorista,” he added.

Based on the NCRPO report, Police Staff Sgt. Marsan Dolipas was driving his vehicle with license plate TJO-306 along Osmeña Highway in Barangay Pio Del Pilar, Makati City on August 25 when his car was hit by the motorcycle being driven by Rencio.

A confrontation ensued and it was then that Police Staff Sgt. Dolipas noticed a gun tucked on Rencio’s waist which prompted him to grab it. Responding policemen then took Rencio under their custody along with the confiscated firearm.

Based on the SCOs signed by Director Verzosa, Dolipas and Rencio were asked to explain in a notorized affidavit on why they should not be held liable for violations of Section 48 (Reckless Driving), Section 27 (Improper Person to Use a Motorized Vehicle), and Section 24 (Obstruction of Traffic) of the Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

Dolipas and the female registered owner of the motorcycle he was driving were also asked to explain why they should not be penalized after LTO records revealed that the motorcycle is not registered which is in violation of the Rule II-A of the Joint Administrative Order 2014-01.

The LTO-NCR was already ordered to block any attempt to register the motorcycle while the investigation is ongoing.

Mendoza explained that the LTO has the power to temporarily suspend the driver’s license of any individual who would commit grave offenses that compromise road safety rules and regulations based on Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

The same power was exercised by the LTO in the case of former policeman Wilfredo Gonzales who also figured in a viral video after he hit and loaded a gun in front of a bicycle rider in Quezon City on August 8.

“The Filipino people can always expect swift action from their LTO on incidents that put the safety of all our road users at risk,” said Mendoza.