Illegally park in front of MMDA enforcers? This one was arrogant enough to do it

As the new school year begins, the MMDA and all other traffic law enforcers have their hands full again. Particularly, the daily situation along Ortigas Avenue fronting the La Salle Greenhills campus has become problematic and has also become a large focus on the enforcers’ efforts to try and ease the flow of traffic. Plans have been laid out to help said efforts, but some just don’t give a single centavo’s worth of care and would go to great lengths to simply disregard the law and the welfare of other people and motorists.

SUV parks in front of MMDA enforcers, leaves vehicle along the road

Mmda Lsgh Parked Vehicle Inline 01 Min

Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority

In case you might have missed it, the MMDA came up with a plan to route vehicles properly along, into, and out of LSGH, and that can be found here 22. The problem stems from the vehicles of those who wish to enter the campus that stop right along Ortigas Avenue to drop off passengers. It’s a busy road, so having to squeeze out and back into the moving lanes will block traffic flow and ultimately slow down movement.

Whether the owner or driver of the SUV you see above missed the MMDA’s proverbial memo or was just impatient (and crazily and improperly brave or brazen) to wait any longer, he took “desperate times call for desperate measures” to a whole new level.

Mmda Lsgh Parked Vehicle Inline 02 Min

Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority

According to MMDA TFSO head Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija, “The driver went out of his SUV, went inside La Salle and left his vehicle in the middle of the road, right in front of us. No respect!” You can’t make this up, especially if it’s made “Facebook official” by a ranking element of law enforcement.

The driver was issued a PHP 2,000 ticket, but the burning question that the public had was if the vehicle was towed. The answer is “no”. But why? This blatant case of obstruction should’ve led to a vehicle being loaded up onto a tow truck, right? And the MMDA would have, but according to Nebrija’s comment in one of the post’s replies, they’ve already run out of tow trucks. In the interest of the equal enforcement of the law, this driver should’ve gotten what was rightfully coming to him for such an act, but sadly, the long arm of the law just didn’t have the means.

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Photo: Metro Manila Development Authority

Stupidity, entitlement, arrogance, a whole lot of words can describe individuals such as this fine specimen that we have right here. Ultimately, as we’ve said time and again, though, this is (well, we assume) a duly licensed motorist. A more burning question than “Was it towed?” should really be 1.) How do people like this get a Driver’s License and 2.) What do we do to unworthy individuals who have licenses but pay no mind to respect the laws of the roads?

And the answering of these questions all starts with the licensing government agency. Come on. We expect more. A lot more.

No; the law-abiding citizensĀ deserveĀ more. And better.

Mikko Juangco
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