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QC Rep. Castelo to colleagues: Give up your “8” plates

Sep 9, 2015 @ 1:10

Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo proposed to his colleagues in the House of Representatives to surrender their protocol number “8” license plates to help untangle traffic in Metro Manila.

Castelo, chair of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said there should be no “sacred cows” in the streets.

“If that would result in untangling of traffic by all means, we will do everything to achieve the purpose,” the lawmaker said in a Daily Tribune report.

The “8” plates are supposed to be for the service vehicles of House members but are often abused by the lawmakers’ staff, family members, and acquaintances to get away from traffic violations.

Castelo stressed that “traffic laws should be applied to everyone regardless of status in life.”

He urged House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to set a good example by giving up his “8” plate.

“We will try to implement it if there is a circular from the Speaker for purposes of achieving normalcy in traffic. There should be no sacred cows in the streets, we are willing to strip congressmen’s vehicle of number eight,” Castelo said.

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