Months after viral video, LTO won't revoke Carabuena license

Kim Arveen Patria
Kim Arveen Patria
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
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Carabuena sorry

Carabuena is sorry. (Photo by Yves Gonzales, MMDA)

Several months after the assault video went viral, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) thinks revoking Robert Blair Carabuena's license is just too much.

Carabuena's offense is now a "mere traffic violation which does not merit the harsh penalty of revocation," the Metro Manila Development Authority quoted LTO as saying.

Carabuena was also not found guilty of "operating or using a motor vehicle in, or as an accessory to, the commission of any crime or at which endangers the public," the LTO added.

Instead of revoking Carabuena's license, LTO recommended that the motorist be charged with "disregarding traffic signs" or "disregarding a traffic officer".

This did not sit well with MMDA, which filed the revocation case against Carabuena in August amid public uproar over a video which showed the latter attacking traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros.

"Mr. Carabuena's action was not only a crime, but a clear and blatant disregard for authority," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said in the statement.

"People like him with that kind of temper and behavior should not be allowed to drive along our roads because he is a danger not only to our enforcers, but to other motorists as well," he added.

Tolentino also hit LTO's recommendation to charge Carabuena with disregarding a traffic officer, an offense which warrants a warning to be issued.

"A mere issuance of warning is not enough for Mr. Carabuena and we still believe that his driver's license should be revoked," Tolentino said.

Aside from asking LTO to revoke Carabuena's driver's license, MMDA has asked police to strip the road rage assailant of his permit to carry firearms.