Former Beauty Queen Violated Traffic Rules, Purposely Drove in ASEAN Lane for GOOD Reason
Former Binibining Pilipinas Universe beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez defied the traffic rules issued by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) summit this November 2017. She intentionally drove at the dedicated ASEAN lane in EDSA and recorded a video of herself which she later uploaded online to brag to her followers in Instagram.
The exclusive lanes are clearly marked in EDSA to ensure full security and Filipino drivers won't mistakenly take the dedicated lanes for the ASEAN guests and visitors. However, actress Maria Isabel Lopez didn't bother the traffic guideline. The celebrity admitted that she persoanlly removed the barrier so she could pass and use the ASEAN lane.
She also uploaded the video on Facebook.
In an interview on GMA 7 news program '24 oras', Maria Isabel insisted that she just did it because of the unbearable traffic situation the other night. She also added that she was not just the only driver who committed the violation. She explained to the journalists that she switched lanes when she noticed that other vehicles were allowed by MMDA officials to use the exclusive lanes. This statement, however, was in contradiction to her initial statement where she confessed that other drivers followed her action after she took the initiative to remove the street barriers and drove on the ASEAN lane.
Many netizens violently reacted to the mistake of Maria Isabel Lopez. One commenter said, Isabel should always be a role model considering that she was once a beauty queen title holder. The actress pointed out to her bashers and told them that they are "very insensitive".
Here are some of the other top tweets regarding the incident.
Suspension up to cancellation of driver's license
MMDA spokeperson Celine Pialago will be recommending a case to LTFRB for possible can suspension or cancellation of Maria Isabel's driver's license. This recommendation is also backed the ASEAN security committee who officially said Lopez's defiance of the traffic plan is "unacceptable" and will be "dealt with accordingly." ASEAN Technical Working Group on Traffic Management Chairperson Emmanuel Miro also said, "the law must be applied to everyone, whether you are an ordinary Filipino or a public figure like Ms. Lopez"
Maria Isabel Lopez issued an apology on Sunday via national television but in the said interview she firmly argued that she made the mistake because it was simply a human nature.
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