MANILA - The House of Representatives has asked congressmen to return protocol plates with the number 8 issued during the 16th Congress to the secretary-general's office.
In a letter dated August 24, House Secretary-General Cesar Pareja attributed the recall to "reports that certain vehicles with Protocol Plate Number 8 have been spotted in indecent places or figured in crime-related activities."
"In view of this development, the honorable Speaker has given instructions for the immediate recall of all protocol plates issued in the 16th Congress and earlier," he said.
Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco posted the letter in social media accounts and assailed why it appeared to be selective.
"Bakit 16th Congress and earlier lang? Dapat pati 17th Congress. Hindi naman namin kailangan ng 8 na plaka para magserbisyo sa ating mga kababayan. At kung talagang seryoso tungkol dito, ipasa ang panukalang batas ko na nagbabawal sa 8 na plaka, para may parusa sa mga gagamit pa nito," Tiangco said.
"Bakit ang 8 plate walang delay sa issuance? Pero ang ordinaryong plaka 5 buwan bago makuha? It's a symbol of special treatment and all the more should be removed," he said.