Malacañang tells gov’t workers: Obey road rules, respect traffic enforcers

Published August 16, 2018, 3:20 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

Government workers must obey the rules of the road and respect traffic enforcers, Malacañang said Thursday in the wake of a viral towing confrontation involving a public prosecutor.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque has reminded public servants to emulate President Duterte who has avoided special treatment on the road and instead continues to follow traffic regulations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing in Malacañang on April 20, 2018. (YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

“The President is always hoping that people will follow his example by following traffic rules, and according respect to traffic enforcers, and of course following the laws of the land,” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.

Roque recalled that the President and some cabinet members were recently late for an event in Cagayan de Oro because the Chief Executive ordered the security convoys to strictly follow road rules.

He insisted that the President does not want to abuse his government post by ignoring road rules to get ahead of other motorists. He added that Duterte was also against security escorts stopping other cars to make way for his vehicle.

“Ang utos ni Presidente bagama’t siya’y Presidente, susundin lahat ng traffic lights [The President’s order is even though he is president, traffic lights must be followed],” he said.

“So tumitigil-tigil po kami sa traffic lights, hindi ibig sabihin na kami’y presidential convoy ay dire-diretso lang kami ‘no – at ayaw niya iyong nanghahawi [So we stopped at every traffic light. It doesn’t mean that just because we’re the presidential convoy, we will just go straight. He also does not like clearing the road for him],” he added.

A lady prosecutor recently apologized to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel after an intense argument over a traffic violation. The video showing a confrontation with MMDA agents who tried to tow her vehicle for illegal parking went viral online.

The MMDA reportedly intended to file a complaint against the woman and seek the suspension of her driver’s license.