Last November 11, 2017, actress and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1982 Maria Isabel Lopez proudly posted a video on her Facebook account that she was driving in the ASEAN lane. Her caption says that she removed the divider cones separating the ASEAN lane from the regular lanes for the public.
“I removed the divider cones! Then all other motorists behind me [follow]! MMDA thinks I’m an official ASEAN delegate! If you can’t beat them, join them!” she wrote. She also added hashtags #nosticker, #leadership #belikemaria #pasaway and #selfpreservation.
Driving with hazards “on” at the #aseanlane 😃 I removed the divider cones !! Then all the other motorists behind me…
Of course, her post gone viral with over 24,000 shares and gained over 28,000 reactions from different netizens who are either amused, shocked or furious of what she did.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) saw her video and said that what she did was a “serious breach of security”.
“It’s a serious breach of security. MMDA and LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) will recommend to the LTO (Land Transportation Office) the suspension or cancellation of the driver’s license of Maria Isabel Lopez,” said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago in a message to reporters, according to Rappler.
Speaking to GMA News’ Chino Gaston, she said that she was not the only one who went against the traffic rule. She also claims that she asked an enforcer to allow her to drive in the ASEAN lane but the enforcer declined because she had no car sticker to indicate that she’s allowed to use it. She asked then again if she can just use her ‘face’ as her pass.
While waiting for the heavy traffic, she saw buses and taxis already used the ASEAN lane, so she asked again the enforcer why the other bigger vehicles were allowed to drive in the special lane. The enforcer just turned his back on her.
So what she did was drive on the ASEAN lane just like what others did.
She said that she is willing to face the consequences of what she did and hopes that other vehicles who violated the traffic rule will also receive sanction.
According to GMA News, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority have already recommended the suspension of Lopez’s driver’s license.