The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has revoked the license of former beauty queen and actress Maria Isabel Lopez for committing multiple violations such as disregard of traffic signs, violation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, and reckless driving during Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on November 11.
The actress has been prohibited from reapplying and reacquiring her license for the next two years.
In a resolution, LTO noted that “a person with a driver’s license is likewise expected to give due consideration to other motorists and pedestrians and avoid committing acts which endanger lives, properties, and public safety.”
Assistant Secretary and LTO chief Edgar Galvante said in a resolution that Lopez “expressly admitted her failure to meet the conditions concomitant with the grant of her license. The defenses she proffered are considered lame and merely self-serving.”
“Worse, she showed no remorse and even publicized with gusto her improper and illegal acts on social media, which betray her utter lack of responsibility as a licensed driver, thus making her an improper person to operate a motor vehicle,” Galvante said.
Lopez was also ordered to pay a fine of P8,000 for violating the aforementioned traffic violations.
The issue stemmed when Lopez uploaded a photo and videos showing how she invaded the lane designated exclusively for ASEAN Summit delegates after removing the orange cones to evade traffic jam in EDSA.
Lopez has earlier apologized for breaching the ASEAN lane, she defended herself saying she’s only human.