Lobregat sees no problem in recall of No. 8 plates PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2016 13:34

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat sees no problem in the directive of House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez to recall all the special plate “8” of district and party-list representatives.

In a memorandum dated Aug. 24, Secretary General Cesar Pareja, said lawmakers using the special plate have been ordered to turn over the plates to the Office of the Secretary General.

Speaker Alvarez has given instructions for the immediate recall of all protocol plates issued during the 16th Congress and earlier. He said no No.8 plates will be released under his present speakership.

Congressman Lobregat said that for his part, he has not abused the use of No.8 plate since he became Zamboanga City’s representative, instead, followed the registration plates issued by the LTO he is even using his personal vehicles in official functions and in visiting the barangays and gracing events in his district.

“I will abide by the order of the Speaker, we must follow the leadership and set as example to our people,” Lobregat said.

The House Speaker issued the memorandum after receiving reports that certain vehicles with Protocol Plate No. 8 have been spotted in indecent places or figured in crime-related activities.

Alvarez’ order comes after a report that four vehicles – a Ford Expedition, a Hyundai Starex, a Jaguar, and a Toyota Avanza – with the special plates “8” were intercepted by National Bureau of Investigation agents conducting an operation in Pasay City on Aug. 15.

Lobregat said that the move of the Speaker was in the right perspective to caution abusive personalities in Congress. – Dexter Yap with reports from 16th Congress Media Affairs and Public Relations Service