LTO Chief Mendoza summons ex-LTO staff in viral road rage video
It seems that revoking the driver’s licenses of those who were involved in recent viral road rage videos is enough to discourage individuals from engaging in heated arguments on the road as another driver went out of bounds and was accused of bullying a delivery rider.
LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II said a summon will be delivered to Gregorio Glean for him to appear before the Central Office this week as part of the investigation into the incident.
“As soon as I watched the video, I immediately instructed the Regional Director of LTO-Region 3 to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident, especially that there was an allegation that the motorist involved is connected with the LTO,” said Mendoza.
In the course of the investigation initiated by retired police general and LTO Region 3 director Ronnie Montejo in compliance with Mendoza’s order, it was found out that Glean was formerly a Job Order at the Driver’s Licensing and Renewal Office of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
“I expect him to honor the summon. Failure to do so means that he is waiving his right for all the measures that we would take against him not only as a driver’s license holder but also a former LTO personnel who is supposed to be a model of courtesy and discipline on the road,” said Mendoza.
Mendoza instructed Montejo to make sure that Glean would no longer be hired by the LTO, especially since the LTO Chief found out that Glean was appealing to the LTO-Region 3 to go back to his old job.
“Based on the report submitted to my office, this man had long been removed from the LTO before this incident happened. But we will take more actions against him in connection with his abusive behavior on the road,” said Mendoza.
“We do not tolerate this kind of behavior on the road. It is just right that this person was removed from the LTO because the people do not expect this kind of behavior from an LTO personnel,” added Mendoza.
According to the initial investigation by the LTO, Glean “was supposedly armed,” and Glean grabbed the delivery rider’s phone and hurled it to the ground.
The altercation ended with the LTO officer driving away from the scene, and the emotional rider was left sitting on the side of the road. He also sought the help of police officers after the incident.
In a report submitted to Mendoza, the LTO Region 3 said a Show Cause Order was already issued on Glean and that the hearing of the case was already concluded, the result was already forwarded to the LTO Central Office Intelligence and Investigation Division.
Mendoza assured that due process will be observed in the conduct of the legal proceedings in connection with the driver’s license of Glean and the motor vehicle registration of the vehicle involved in the incident.
Mendoza said they will also invite the delivery rider as a witness in the investigation of the incident, adding that they will also coordinate with the local police force for any legal action that the delivery rider would pursue.
The office of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista was already briefed about this case.