The House of Representatives are closing and ‘cleansing’ its ranks as House Speaker Pantaleon ‘Bebot’ Alvarez yesterday issued a memorandum addressed to all members of the House.

Congress memorandum

After receiving reports of vehicles with the Number 8 Protocol Plate seen parked in ‘indecent places’ and figuring in a number of ‘crime-related vehicles’, Alvarez ordered its immediate recall.

“Kindly turn in these car plates to the Office of the Secretary General for proper acknowledgement,’ the memorandum read.

Recently, a Jaguar, Ford Expedition, Hyundai Starex and Toyota Avanza with Protocol Plate No. 8, were found by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during a raid of a cybersex den in Pasay City last August 16.

The NBI is now working with the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) in order to determine if these protocol plates were indeed legitimately issued to vehicles owned by members of the House of Congress.

16th Congress 8 plate

To recall, Protocol Plates are issued to the President, Vice-President, Cabinet members, senators, congressmen various other high-level employees of the government.

These plates are non-transferable and does not exempt bearer from local traffic rules and regulations including number-coding.