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February 2, 2016

MMDA Wants Sanctions Vs Joanna Jesh Driver, Operator

     The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has asked the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) to mete appropriate sanctions against the driver and operator of a Joanna Jesh bus which plowed through a row of plastic barriers along the southbound portion of Edsa last Monday.

     In separate letters to land transportation agencies, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos also requested that the government bodies impose appropriate sanctions against the operator of the bus firm and its driver, Ruel Labin, for his reckless actions.

     “We hope for your consideration of this matter. Rest assured of MMDA’s continued support to the LTFRB/LTO in keeping order and safety in the roads of Metro Manila,” Carlos said in the letters.

     Initial reports showed that last February 1, a Joanna Jesh bus (TYR-744), driven by Labin, was speeding along the southbound lane of Edsa between Buendia and Ayala avenues and hit a row of plastic barriers around 3:01 p.m. , destroying 10 of the plastic dividers. A plastic barrier costs P3,500 each.

     Ruby Alcantara, MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group head in the area, readily flagged down the bus and kept Labin from leaving the scene until traffic constables arrived.

     Labin was later brought to the agency’s Security Intelligence and Investigation Office.

     The incident caused traffic bottlenecks in the Ayala area as several displaced plastic barriers littered the road.

     A video of the incident went viral on social media via Top Gear, showing the Joanna Jesh bus swerving to the left of the major thoroughfare and plowed through the row of plastic barriers.

     The Joanna Jesh bus was reportedly racing another passenger bus when it hit the plastic barriers.

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