Maria Isabel Lopez ready to be jailed

By Boy Villasanta


1982 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe and actress Maria Isabel Lopez is ready to face the consequences of her removing the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) divider cones just to get to the ASEAN lane on Saturday gridlock.           

MMDA has already recommended to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) the cancellation or the suspension of Maria Isabel’s driver’s license. “I have a summons to go to LTO. It’s their call. I will abide by their order,” said Lopez in an exclusive interview with this writer.           

Maribel added that she will definitely appear before the agency provided she would have a legal backbone. “I have a lawyer with me to answer any inquiry. I will definitely go there,” the beauty queen quipped.           

“I will go there soon and hope for a fair trial,” Maribel assured the government transport agency.           

What she is worried about, cried Lopez, is that case is already blown-up. “The issue has been muddled already. I hope for a fair trial and not overkill hopefully,” she said.

 “I was already judged—trial by publicity,” she sighed.           

 “They want me jailed for this. Is this a criminal record?” she asked.           

The actress is optimistic, though. “But I will survive. I am moving on. Lilipas din ‘yan (It will pass on),” she hoped.          

A police officer whom this writer had talked to in a Metro Railway Transit ride Monday afternoon and who was stationed at the MRT Magallanes commented: “Kasi, mali naman talaga si Maria Isabel Lopez. Kinunan pa kasi niya ng video ang nangyari at nag-post pa siya sa Facebook. Sana, hindi niya ginawa ‘yon (Maria Isabel Lopez was really wrong. She even took a video of the incident and posted it on Facebook. I think she should have not done it).”               

According to a previous interview with Lopez, she was in a rush because of a “call of nature” so she removed the divider cones and proceeded to the ASEAN lane which was exclusively meant for heads of states, diplomatic corps and other official participants to the 2017 ASEAN Summit. Buses and other private vehicles followed suit.

LTO said that the other vehicles were not apprehended because of the No Contact Traffic Apprehension Policy. After the incident, the PNP was alerted that those which could only pass the special lane were marked vehicles, ambulance and friendly forces such as police and military.

Maria Isabel reasoned out that the other vehicles which followed her should also be punished. “Why only me?” she asked.

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