Actress and Beauty Queen Maria Isabel Lopez might her license got revoked due to her viral post which admitted that she drove her car along ASEAN lane without permit.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recommended to suspend the driver’s license of Lopez for committing a serious traffic violation and security breach.
“That lane has been the subject of a series of [meetings] ng security. [W]e are the host country, mabuti at walang nangyaring banggaan otherwise the Philippine government particularly MMDA will be hit and not the beauty queen, who is also a [representative] of the country,” LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said in a text message to reporters.
“LTO has been informed of her violation,” she added. “[S]he is not a good role model as a beauty queen.”
Lopez post was angered thousands of netizens after she boasted that she successfully breached to the ASEAN lane without being noticed by the authorities.
She also admitted that she removed the yellow cones blocking the entrance of the ASEAN lane.
Several motorists also followed her car to escape the traffic along EDSA.
The motorists who followed Lopez car might also lose their license once identified.
“Driving with hazards ‘on’ at the #aseanlane. I removed the divider cones!! Then all the other motorists behind me followed! MMDA thinks I’m an official ASEAN delegate! If you can’t beat ‘em, join them! #nosticker #leadership,” Lopez said on her Facebook post.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa also ordered to investigate the possible ‘security breach’ committed by Lopez.
ask Group Commander on Route Security and National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde also ‘strongly support’ the suspension of Lopez driver license.
“A person of her stature should be an example to the Filipino community but she did just the contrary,” Albayalde said.
The ASEAN lane was ordered to ensure the security and fast transportation of the foreign leaders who would visit the Philippines for the 31st ASEAN Summit held in the country.