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MMDA to review solons’ immunity to minor traffic violations

MANILA — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will review the proposal to grant legislators immunity to minor traffic violations.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said in an interview with PNA that the matter will be referred to the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policymaking body of the agency consisting of 17 Metro Manila mayors.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas on Monday asked the MMDA to excuse congressmen from minor traffic violations especially when Congress is in session.

During a hearing of the House transportation committee, Fariñas said lawmakers should be given more leeway for minor traffic violations to help them carry out their duties as representatives.

“’Pag nagpakilalang congressman, huwag ninyong dalhin sa presinto. Kasi kapag dinala sa presinto, hindi na siya makakapag-perform ng kaniyang functions,” Fariñas said. (If he presents himself as a congressman, don’t bring him to prison. If you bring him there, he will not be able to perform his functions (as representative).

Pialago said Fariñas should clarify the guidelines on the granting of the immunity for lawmakers.

“The MMDA is willing to have a dialogue with Rep. Fariñas to provide him the opportunity to explain the reason why the immunity should be granted,” the MMDA spokesperson added.

“If he was apprehended because of traffic violations such as illegal parking we will still issue a ticket to him,” she added.

Pialago stressed that the MMDA will continue its strict enforcement of traffic rules and regulations. “We are just implementing the law,” she said. | PNA

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