MANILA - At least 3 congressmen spoke out Tuesday against House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas' call for lawmakers to be granted "parliamentary immunity" from minor traffic violations.
Fariñas asked the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday to allow erring legislators to attend Congress sessions first before answering to traffic violations.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the request was "uncalled for."
"To my knowledge, no Representative has been detained or arrested for a traffic violation and no incumbent has asked for any immunity from arrest or detention for a traffic infraction," Lagman reasoned.
"Moreover, invariably Representatives have drivers and any immunity does not extend to their drivers or to the security back-up of some of them."
Bayan Muna Rep. Zarate meanwhile said the congressional privilege would only suggest that there is a different law for the masses and the powerful.
"Lahat ay may mga mahalaga rin gawain sa araw-araw na sasabak sila sa daang matrapik, kaya dapat ay wala ng napapaboran pa," he said.
Act Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio also rejected the proposal, saying no one should be above traffic rules.
The MMDA has yet to receive a formal request from Fariñas. The Metro Manila Council, the agency's policy-making body, would decide on the appeal.
-- With Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News