Duterte's son Paolo apprehended, fined for violating speed limit

In Davao, no one is above the law. Not even presidential son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte who was apprehended for violating the city's speed limit.

The younger Duterte, whose nickname is Pulong, posted on his Facebook account a Temporary Operator's Permit (TOP) issued by a Land Transportation Office (LTO) traffic officer after he exceeded the maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour.

The vice mayor, who was overspeeding at 57 kph, said he was in a hurry to go home because his wife was already angry and waiting. It was his first time to get apprehended.

The LTO traffic officer who flagged his vehicle down told local reporters that at first he was nervous upon seeing Pulong but he was thankful that the politician showed his driver's license and did not take advantage by using his influence as the son of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Executive Order No. 39 issued in 2013 by the older Duterte "orders setting the speed limit for all kinds of motor vehicles within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City."

Section 4 of the said EO states that "violators shall, if warranted, be subjected to arrest and their vehicle impounded without prejudice to the imposition of penalties and fines under the provisions of R.A. No.4136 and Davao City Ordinance No. 778, if applicable."

Reports said Pulong was meted a fine of over P2,000 for the violation.

During the campaign period, his father announced his plan to implement a nationwide speed limit once elected.