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Here’s a statement from LTO NCR Director Clarence Guinto following a viral remark during an interview with Amy Perez.

LTO NCR DIRECTOR – Making rounds online yesterday is the interview of Amy Perez with LTO NCR Director Clarence Guinto who made a controversial remark.

In a previous article, director of National Capital Region (NCR) Land Transportation Office (LTO) expressed a controversial remark that made rounds online. In an interviews with Kapamilya personality Amy Perez, he was asked about Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act that will take effect today, February 2, 2021.

Tyang Amy asked him about tall children but aged below 12 if they will still need to in a car seat. In this situation, the child might bump his head on the car’s roof which is more dangerous to which the director replied, “Siguro Ma’am Amy, laki-lakihan mo sasakyan mo.”

Netizens slammed the official with his remark and lauded Tyang Amy for being so professional in handling the interview with him. People were confused whether he is serious about adjusting he private vehicle for the compliance of this new law or not.

With his response making a loud buzz online, he immediately issues a statement regarding about it and apologized for the confusion it resulted to. The remark he made in jest is something he realized to be not appropriate. He then clarified that children taller than the minimum height requirement of 4’11” are exempted to use a car seat and may use a regular seat belt.

LTO NCR Director Guinto
Photo from Facebook: LTO – National Capital Region

Meanwhile, under the new law, here’s how violators would be penalized:

  • Php 1,000.00 for 1st offense
  • Php 2,000.00 for 2nd offense
  • Php 5,000.00 for 3rd offense and succeeding offense and a one-year suspension of driver’s license

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