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PNP to sanction cops breaching Bus Carousel

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police is set to impose sanctions on police officers caught violating the rules of the EDSA Bus Carousel, PNP public information office chief Col. Jean said yesterday.

“As members of the PNP, we must be the first to follow the traffic rules and regulations except if you are on official business and using authorized PNP vehicles,” Fajardo said in Filipino.

She said the PNP has issued a directive reminding all police officers to strictly adhere to traffic rules and regulations, especially concerning the use of the EDSA busway. 

Fajardo said several police officers were apprehended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for violating these rules, prompting the PNP to coordinate with the MMDA to obtain the names of the officers involved. 

In addition to fines of as much as P30,000 imposed by the MMDA, Fajardo said the police officers would also face administrative charges.

Responding to questions about the use of special plates, Fajardo clarified that the use of special and commemorative plates, based on Republic Act 4136, has limitations. 

“These plates are typically valid for one year, with exceptions for members of Congress who may use them for the duration of their three-year term,” Fajardo said.

Once their term concludes or if they are no longer members, Fajardo said, they are required to discontinue the use of these plates.

When asked about the number of police officers involved, Fajardo mentioned that the PNP is awaiting a response from the MMDA. 

The initial list provided by the MMDA did not specify the names of the police officers and the official communication containing the names is expected to be released soon, she said.