Are Filipinos really complacent about the law? Are we really a people who do not have respect for authority? While we Pinoys are labeled as generally nice and hospitable, do we really have this same level of values when it comes to obeying the law?
A recent viral video of a woman having heated conversations with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been circulating online and have reached viral status. The 15-minute video depicts how a woman refuses to surrender her license and submit to authorities after having violated traffic laws.
From the conversation between the people involved, it seems that the woman illegally parked in a spot along the street and was also in violation of the city’s color coding scheme. Further into the exchange of words, we also learn that she has run over one of the troupe’s motorcycle adding gravity to the situation at hand.
The head of the team was trying to calmly explain to her the whole situation but the woman was adamant in defending her position, insinuating she knows the laws of the streets and insisting that her resistance to surrender her driver’s license was part of her rights.
The woman was head strong with her stand about the issue and refused to submit to the authority, even trying to coach the MMDA head about the law. To this, the MMDA answered (non-verbatim), “Do not try to tell us what to do. We know the law because we are the ones enforcing it.” The whole situation led to exchange of opinions in raised voices that eventually ended up to the troupe leader to call a tow truck.
A few more moments into the video, the husband of the woman involved appears on the scene and tries to talk to the enforcers. In this part, we learn that the woman is a fiscal and is pregnant. The husband also reasons out that her wife’s condition is more important than these traffic violations they’re trying to charge her with.
After they have finally surrendered the woman’s license and a ticket was issued, the owner of the motorcycle that was run over asked the husband to stay so they could settle the damages to the motorcycle. Not doing so would lead to the enforcer’s salary deduction. However, the couple just ran off in their black Starex, leaving the enforcer empty handed.
Netizens shared their opinion on this matter, clearly siding with the law. Here’s what they had to say:
“Honestly I kinda want this Fiscal woman removed from office. She does not deserve her position.”
“Pag ganito katapang ang nagkamali sa daan at mukhang may impluwensya tumitiklop ang enforcers. Pag hindi sobra naman, kung minsan nananakit pa. Dapat laging pantay at di bias sa pag implement ng batas. No one should be above the law.”
Watch video here:
This video isn't suitable for children. What are your thoughts?If you've watched my videos, you'll know the processes of the MMDA. If a vehicle is illegally parked and there's no driver, the enforcers will wait a certain amount of time before calling in a tow truck to take away the vehicle.If the driver arrives in time, they'll be asked to hand over their license so a ticket can be issued and then they're told to move the vehicle.There's two reasons for asking to see the license:1) To ensure the ticket is issued to the correct person2) To make sure the driver actually has a license. You might be surprised by how many drivers attempt to move illegally parked cars and then admit to not having a license. If the driver can't show a license, the assumption would be that they don't have one and the vehicle would be impounded.
Posted by Gadget Addict on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
What do you think of this whole situation?