No. 17 has just been issued as protocol car plate numbers for metropolitan, municipal and sharia court judges.
I am sure that soon there would be car plate numbers too for governors, mayors, and local legislators, just among other so-called VIPs in RP.
So, who are these kings of the road?
1 – President
2 – Vice President
3 – Senate President
4 – Speaker of the House
5 – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
6 – Cabinet Secretaries
7 – Senators
8 – Members of Congress
9 – Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
10 – Members of the Court of Appeals
11 – Chairman of the Commission on Elections
12 – Cabinet Undersecretaries
13 – Solicitor General
14 – Chief of the AFP and PNP
16 – Regional Trial Court Judges
I searched the internet for the No. 15 to no avail. The issuance of these protocol plates started in 1959.
Senator Nene Pimentel filed a bill last year in an attempt to end this practice, which he termed as “smacks of delusions of grandeur.”
I fully agree with him.