CCTO clamps Councilor Labella’s vehicle for illegal overnight parking

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | September 28,2022 - 11:48 AM
The clamped vehicle of Cebu City Councilor Jaypee Labella.

Photo courtesy of Councilor Jaypee Labella

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Personnel of the Cebu City Traffic Office (CCTO) clamped early on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, the service vehicle of Cebu City Councilor Jaypee Labella after this was parked overnight outside of their residence along M. Borces Street in Barangay Mabolo.

“Patay Sayuha sa Buntag oi. Nakalimot mi sulod sa Sakyanan..Session pa Gyud ko karun..huhu,” the councilor wrote in a social media post.

Labella’s vehicle was released about two hours later after he paid a fine of P1, 500.

But instead of getting mad at traffic enforcers, he commended those who clamped his vehicle for doing their job.

“In order for us to achieve Singapore-like, we should have Discipline walay Pili…Kudos To our CCTO personnel for doing their job,” he wrote in a separate social media post.

CCTO Executive Director Paul Gotiong, in a separate interview, said that what happened to Labella’s vehicle was an indication of their seriousness to bring order to Cebu City streets as part of the city government’s campaign to make the city Singapore-like.

He said that no one will be spared.

“We have to clamp it (Councilor Labella’s vehicle) so that people will see that there’s transparency in our apprehension,” Gotiong told CDN Digital.

“As per mayor sad nga we have to instill discipline man gyod and order,” he added.

With this, Gotiong also reminded the public, especially the motorists, to follow traffic and parking rules.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, earlier, announced that he will be signing a new Executive Order (EO) that will remind Cebuanos of the need to comply with existing rules and regulations relating to garbage collection, traffic management, and the designated curfew hours, among others.

According to Rama, his most recent EO is expected to help the city in achieving its desire to become a “Singapore-like Cebu City,” particularly in terms of cleanliness and development.

READ: Rama’s new EO to instill discipline among Cebu City residents

Meanwhile, Gotiong said that this was not the first time that they clamped the service vehicle of a public official for violating traffic rules.

He said that several other councilors, department heads, and barangay officials were also fined for the same violation in the past.

“Even [the] barangays. Naa tay sa Mabolo sad nga area, kay naa man jud sa mga corners gi-park and naka-obstruct man jud siya sa atoang mga dan. Mga barangay nga service vehicles. Daghan daghan ra ba to,” he added.

Gotiong said CCTO is also strictly enforcing traffic laws at the City Hall square to establish discipline among government employees who park their vehicles in the area.

He said the traffic signs are in place to guide vehicle owners to the designated parking spaces and to observe traffic rules.

“Although we’re trying to find a way sad kay we understand also nga lisod sad g’yod i-park around city hall. Wa man tay mahimo kung i-park atubangan sa signs. Which was discussed sa amoang summit gahapon nga the lack of respect na sa atoang mga signs for traffic rules, so lisod na kaayo,” he said.


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TAGS: CCTO, Cebu City, Cebu City Traffic Office, Cebu Daily News, Clamping, illegal night parking, Jaypee Labella, Paul Gothiong, service vehicle, Singapore-like

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