Ignorance of the law excuses no one. Not even for a public official. Not even deep in the night.
A party list representative received a ticket for overspeeding along McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City at 11:25pm on Tuesday.
In an interview, BAYAN Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Isagani T. Zarate said he was driving his Mitsubishi Strada in the highway from downtown area when Senior Police Officer 1 Mallonga detailed waved at him to stop the car and corteously pointed the speed gun detecting his speed at 54 kph, exceeding the 40 kph limit.
SPO1 Mallonga issued Zarate a Temporary Operator’s Permit after confiscating his driver’s license.
Zarate shared his experience on Facebook realizing the advantage of the presence of traffic enforcers late at night when accidents often occur.
“[The] challenge is to implement the law as it is where there is no selective justice and to make sure that violators are sanctioned regardless of who they are,” Zarate said while also citing the positive attitude of the enforcer who apprehended him for overspeeding.
Zarate is not the first prominent public official to receive ticket for traffic violation.
In January 2014, former Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio was flagged down for going beyond the 40kph speed limit along Quimpo Boulevard.
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