LTO suspends license of driver who dragged Manila traffic law enforcer

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday said it has temporarily suspended the license of the driver who dragged a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer clinging onto his vehicle.

In a statement, the LTO said the license of the driver, identified as Orlando Ricardo Dizon, Jr., is suspended for three months while the vehicle involved has been “tagged for an alarm,” also for 3 months.

The agency said the lifting of this preventive suspension is subject to its approval.

It added that a show-cause order has also been issued to Dizon where he was directed to appear before the agency’s Intelligence and Investigation Division in Quezon City on November 21.

The LTO said it summoned Dizon to explain his alleged involvement in a traffic altercation and hit-and-run incident with MTPB enforcer Adrian Lim on Saturday, Nov. 16

In a CCTV footage, Lim was seen holding onto a swerving gray Mitsubishi Xpander as it sped along the street of Gelinos near Laong-Laan in Sta. Cruz. Lim sustained injuries after he lost his grip and fell from Dizon’s vehicle.

The incident reportedly ensued after Lim flagged down Dizon for a traffic law violation.

Dizon was apprehended by authorities at Oroquieta Street near Tayuman Street following the incident.

The LTO said that the driver’s employer, Digital Network Communications and Computers, Inc. (DNCCI), was also asked to explain why the company should not be penalized or fined for failure to exercise due diligence in hiring and supervising the driver.

The agency further directed Dizon and DNCCI’s Corporate Secretary to file a sworn explanation why the vehicle and Dizon’s driver’s license should not be held liable administratively.

Dizon is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 3 and will face charges for hit-and-run and serious physical injury.

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