Manila, Philippines – The cop who blocked the convoy of President Benigno S. Aquino III on Commonwealth Av- enue in Quezon City last Tuesday is in deeper trouble as he committed several violations.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) found out that SPO2 Ricardo Pascua, 52, assigned at the QCPD Station 4, was driving without a driver’s license, using a private vehicle with an illegally installed siren and improperly placed license plates, and failed to give way to police vehicles.
Superintendent Ferdinand Villanueva, chief of the QCPD District Investigation and Detective Management Division (DIDMD), said that they were the initial violations committed by Pascua who was driving a private red Mitsubishi Adventure with license plates ZJK-679 when he was accosted by the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
“The convoy had the right of way. Pascua should have given way,“ stressed Villanueva who heads the investigation on Pascua.
Villanueva cited Section 49 of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. “Upon the approach of any police or fire department vehicle, or of an ambulance giving audible signal, the driver of every other vehicle shall immediately drive the same to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection of highways, and shall stop and remain in such position, unless otherwise directed by a peace officer, until such vehicle shall have passed.“
Also under Section 18 of the Code, Villanueva explained that “At all times, every motor vehicle shall display in conspicuous places, one in front and one in the rear thereof, the said number plates.“
“The number plates shall be kept clean and cared for, and shall be firmly affixed to the motor vehicle in such a manner as will make it entirely visible and always legible,” the Code added.
Villanueva noted that Pascua’s Adventure only had a QCPD plate in front while the plate number in the back had a heavily tinted glass cover.
He said that Pascua did not have any driver’s license when he was driving. “He failed to show his driver’s license since he got accosted and brought to Camp Karingal.” (Jeffrey G. Damicog)