By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
DEPARTMENT of Transportation Undersecretary and Inter-Agency Council for Traffic head Tim Orbos vowed to spare no one, especially high ranking officials, in the on-going clearing operations of Metro Manila streets.
This developed following the television newscast of an incident last May 21 when I-ACT personnel reportedly did not tow an illegally parked Sports Utility Vehicle along Doña Hemady Street, Quezon City after its owner, a cerain Dante Guevarra, identified himself as a Malacañang employee and a Philippine National Oil Corporation director.
The report further said Guevarra just paid the fines for the cited violation.
Orbos, however, clarified that the procedure was followed even if the vehicle was not towed.
“Hindi po pinatakas at pinalusot ng batas ang SUV owner na nagpakilalang taga-Malacañang,” Orbos insists.
Orbos explained that since the vehicle is too big for the flatbed of the towing company, the I-ACT operations team together with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel asked Guevarra to bring his vehicle to the impounding area in Tumana, Marikina, where it underwent towing process and he paid appropriate charges.
“Hindi lang naisakay ang sasakyan sa tow truck at flatbed type tow truck dahil sa lapad nito. Kung ipinilit na i-tow ito at nasira ang sasakyan, magiging sagutin ito ng towing company alinsunod na rin sa towing guidelines,” Orbos clarified.
He said the IACT will strictly implementing the traffic laws as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte and DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
At the same time, Orbos asked all government employees to just follow traffic rules and stop asking for favors.
“We have zero tolerance for those who impede traffic flow. We are against the practice of the “Padrino System” as we are totally blind to anyone hit by our operations – whoever they are,” Orbos said.