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BY MAE SINGUAY
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Thursday, March 8, 2018
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BACOLOD City – He was sorry, said a British man after cursing on the citation ticket a traffic enforcer issued him last month.
Benjamin James Oates, 39, issued a public apology for his demeanor before media members yesterday.
Oates went to the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) on Tuesday to inform BTAO head Superintendent Luisito Acebuche that he wanted to apologize publicly.
Oates was apprehended after counterflowing and illegally parking his vehicle along Lacson-San Sebastian Street around 1:50 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Traffic enforcer Roilan Gulmatico was issuing Oates a citation ticket when they had an altercation.
After Oates handed his driver’s license, Gulmatico asked him to sign the citation ticket.
But instead of putting his signature, Oates wrote “FCK D BTAO” on the ticket.
Due to the incident, BTAO filed an administrative case against the foreigner before the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in this capital city.
The BTAO prayed for the revocation of Oates’ driver’s license.
The incident has drawn attention from Facebook users. A photo of the citation ticket where Oates cursed was posted.
But even after the apology, Acebuche said the withdrawal of Oates’ case before the LTO will be up to Gulmatico.
He added that the incident will be a reminder to foreigners in the city to observe local laws and regulations.
Oates is married to a Filipina for about five years now. He lives in Barangay Quintin, Murcia, Negros Occidental with his wife./PN