- Malacanang is starting their probe against the attachment of DU30 plates on their vehicles
- Abusive motorists use these personalized plates to be exempted from number coding policy
- They also use the controversial plates to circumvent our country's various traffic rules
Together with President Rodrigo Duterte’s win in the presidential race, his admirers and aficionados have also sprouted. In fact, they are growing in number and increased their public exposure.
Amidst his unconventional and controversial approach to his campaign, he has garnered a landslide win against his opponent during the last Presidential race.
Instantly, he became a popular icon and his proud fans wear Duterte t-shirts, caps, and stickers to show support for the President.
Traders and businessmen tend to capitalize on his popularity who manufacture and sell Duterte products. But one which the palace condemns is the sale of license car plates with Duterte or DU30 print.
The growing number of motorists attaching Duterte plates marked with ‘DU30’ has alarmed the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). Motorists use these plates to escape being flagged down when they commit traffic rules.
On Sunday, July 10, the Malacañang, through the Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, warned the public from attaching these DU30 plates to their vehicles.
He said that President Duterte would not tolerate the use of license plates with his name to escape liability. The president is always for equality, fairness and justice. Thus using his name to play around with our justice system is not acceptable for the President, he added.
These motorists are using these plates not only to show support but also to avoid the number coding policy in the metro and protect them from traffic enforcers.
Andanar is calling the public to report the unauthorized use of Duterte plates to the Presidential Communications Office and he will make sure the president will find out.
Together with his controversial approach to extinguish illegal drug trade and criminality in the country, President Duterte is known to be a strict follower of traffic rules, even when he was still the Mayor of Davao City. -RY, Kami Media