Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade got his driver’s license with a five-year validity? But he does not even know how to drive, says a columnist.
“But he told me he doesn’t know how to drive. LTO didn’t give him a driving test?” Boo Chanco, a Philippine Star columnist.
This was Chanco’s reply to a tweet about Tugade showing off his newly-claimed driver’s license on August 29.
It was then that the Department of Transportation issued a clarification that Tugade’s driver’s license application was for demonstration purposes only.
When other Twitter users slammed the Land Transportation Office for releasing Tugade’s license in the first place given the fact that he does not know how to drive, DOTr said that they did cancel Tugade’s license from the LTO system.
“Tugade should have been ‘efficiently’ denied a license for not knowing how to drive. Instead, you guys went on and toyed w/ the system,” said @benespiritu.
“And by rights they should hve cancelled the license already,” tweeted @ceso.
“[Admin 03] Yes po. The Driver’s License issued to Sec Tugade was readily cancelled after the demo. His data in LTO system was also removed,” tweeted DOTr in response to both Twitter users.
However, other netizens were not happy with the kind of demonstration that LTO did.
‘It shouldn’t be staged.’
LTO should have gotten someone from the queue to try their new driver’s license system.
‘It wasn’t real.’
‘He didn’t test the whole system.’
Tugade’s application was reported to have taken eight to nine minutes during the ceremonial roll-out of the new plastic driver’s licenses. The demo was conducted to test the system’s efficiency. Tugade’s application would have been completed in five minutes if he did not deliberately made errors on his application.
One needs to pass the basic driving theory test and practical driving test to obtain a non-professional driver’s license.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 10930 earlier in August, extending the validity of the driver’s license from three to five years. Its validity can be further extended to 10 years if the license holder does not commit any violation.
Sources: ( philstar.com )