MMDA files complaint vs. driver in viral illegal parking row

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wants the driver's license of a motorist in a viral video either suspended or revoked.

The woman, who was apprehended for an illegal parking violation, was taped raising her voice at traffic enforcers and refusing to turn over her license.

The MMDA said it will file the complaint at the Land Transportation Office (LTO). A copy will be sent to the Justice Department, where the driver is a public prosecutor.

"Baka pwedeng masuspend yung license niya dahil sa ganoong attitude or i-revoke pa," said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia. "Sa wisdom na ng LTO kung ano ang gagawin nila diyan."

[Translation: With her attitude, her license could be suspended or even revoked. What will happen next is up to the wisdom of the LTO.]

The video, which was posted on Tuesday by a Facebook user called "Gadget Addict", racked up 11.8 million views and over 172,000 reactions, and was shared 256,000 times as of publication.

In the almost 15-minute video, the woman -- whose face is blurred -- argues with enforcers who apprehend her. One of the officers claimed that her van hit him, and a confrontation with his superior ensued.

According to the MMDA, once enforcers spot an illegally parked vehicle, they will honk their horn. If the driver does not arrive in five minutes, the car can be towed.

The driver explained that she arrived within five minutes from when she was called, but the MMDA maintains that the five minutes begins from when the enforcers honk their car.

Moreover, they said that arriving within five minutes means her car will not be towed -- but it does not mean she will no longer be ticketed.

"Pag di dumating yung owner or driver, ito-tow yan. Pero kung dumating po -- yun ata yung pinagtalunan nila," Garcia explained. "Hindi ho ibig sabihin ng five-minute rule na pag dumating ka, di ka na titiketan."

[Translation: If the owner or driver doesn't arrive, (the car) will be towed. If they do -- that's what they're fighting about. Just because you reach the five-minute rule, it doesn't mean you won't get a ticket.]

The motorist also refused to turn over her license until the MMDA "proved" she broke the five-minute rule. The MMDA later called a tow truck, but she did not leave the van.

The woman's husband arrived later in the video, revealing that she was pregnant and telling enforcers he would blame them if she had a miscarriage.

She finally gave her license, and was issued a ticket. An officer urged the motorist's husband to accompany him as he filed a report, saying she hit his motorcycle with her van when she refused to be towed.

"Hindi na nga siya nakakapag-drive. Uunahin ko pa ba ang motor mo bago ako makunan? Pare, pasensiya ka na, dadalhin ko na sa ospital ang asawa ko," he said, before driving off.

[Translation: She can't drive anymore. Will I prioritize your motorcycle before I have a miscarriage? Sorry, but I'm going to drive my wife to the hospital.]

MMDA Supervising Officer for Operations Bong Nebrija said the woman's pregnancy situation was not brought up at the height of the argument.

"In the first place, we didn't know she was pregnant," Nebrija said in an interview with CNN Philippines News Night. "Up to the argument, she did not mention to us she was pregnant. I mean if she was pregnant and was bleeding, we would be the one to bring her to the hospital."

The lawyer and her husband were later reported to have apologized about the incident.

Nebrija, however, said the authorities will push through with the complaint.

"The apology came in after we had already filed the complaint. The complaint will push through against the couple, but the apologies have already been accepted," he added.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.