Published: Sunday 12 November, 2017

Maria Isabel Lopez Drives on EDSA ASEAN Security Lane, May Lose License

Actress Maria Isabel Lopez is in hot water after violating the EDSA ASEAN security lane. Lopez removed the divider cones on EDSA and drove on the lanes exclusively for ASEAN vehicles. And she bragged about it on social media. Now, Maria Isabel may lose her driver’s license!

Maria Isabel Lopez

Actress Maria Isabel Lopez found a way to beat the ASEAN Summit traffic along EDSA – an illegal way! (Getty Images)

The daily horrendous traffic along EDSA became even more excruciating after several lanes along EDSA and other priority roads were designated for exclusive use of ASEAN vehicles. But Maria Isabel Lopez found a way to beat the traffic albeit illegal. She removed the divider cones and drove on the ASEAN lanes like any other ASEAN vehicle.

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“Driving with hazards ‘on’ at the #aseanlane. I removed the divider cones!! Then all the other motorists behind me followed! MMDA thinks I’m an official ASEAN delegate! If you can’t beat ‘em, join them! #nosticker #leadership,” Maria Isabel Lopez wrote on her social media post complete with videos showing other vehicles stuck along EDSA in the background.

The post has since gone and earned a number of harsh comments from netizens and motorists. It also didn’t escape the eyes of the authorities.

Officials of the  Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have recommended that her driver’s license be revoked, or at least suspended.

“That lane has been the subject of a series of [meetings] ng security. [W]e are the host country, mabuti at walang nangyaring banggaan otherwise the Philippine government particularly MMDA will be hit and not the beauty queen, who is also a [representative] of the country,” said the LTFRB’s Aileen Lizada.

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PNP’s Bato dela Rosa said an investigation on the issue will be done.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde said Lopez, a former Bb. Pilipinas winner and the country’s representative to the Miss Universe in 1982, should instead be an example to other Filipinos.

“A person of her stature should be an example to the Filipino community but she did just the contrary,” said Albayalde.

“May this incident serve as a stern warning and reminder to the public that all agencies are communicating and are all working hard to provide security and order for the ASEAN summit,” he added.

Lopez has since apologized but will it be enough?