VIRAL: Montero blocks PWD ramp, 'inconsiderate' driver angers netizens

An unidentified driver of a black Montero Sport angered netizens for blocking the ramp intended for Persons With Disabilities at a mall in Pampanga.

A photo of the scene, which was snapped and posted Sunday by Facebook user Ronald James Ygnacio Spillers, immediately went viral over the weekend.

The image shows a black Montero Sport with license plate number "RMZ 101" parked in front of a PWD ramp. Beside the vehicle is a male PWD who was pointing to the license plate.

The uploader, who called the driver "inconsiderate," stated in his caption that the incident happened at Marquee Mall in Angeles City.

The viral photo already got hundreds of likes and shares on Ygnacio's timeline, but got several thousands more on the AutoIndustriya community page.

Followers of the Facebook page criticized the driver of the vehicle and some even resorted to cursing and name-calling. Others cited a provision of the law that promotes the welfare and protects the rights of disabled persons.


Chapter 6, Section 25 "Barrier-Free Environment" of Republic Act (RA) No. 7277, also known as "Magna Carta for Disabled Persons," states that:

The State shall ensure the attainment of a barrier-free environment that will enable disabled persons to have access in public and private buildings and establishments and such other places mentioned in Batas Pambansa Bilang 344, otherwise known as the Accessibility Law’. The national and local government shall allocate funds for the provision of architectural or structural features for disabled persons in government buildings and facilities.


Violators shall be meted with the following penalties stated under Section 46 "Penal Clause" of the same law:

(a) Any person who violates any provision of this Act shall suffer the following penalties:

1). for the first violation, a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (P 50,000.00) but not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos(P 100,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than six (6) months but not more than two (2) years, or both at the discretion of the court;

and 2). for any subsequent violation, a fine of not less than One hundred thousand pesos (P 100,000.00) but not exceeding Two hundred thousand pesos (P 200,000.00) or imprisonment for less than two (2) years but not more than six (6) years, or both at the discretion of the court.

(b). Any person who abuses the privileges granted herein shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than six (6) months or a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (P 5,000.00) but not more than Fifty thousand pesos (P 50,000.00), or both, at the discretion of the court.

(c). If the violator is a corporation, organization or any similar entity, the officials thereof directly involved shall be liable therefor.

(d). If the violator is an alien or a foreigner, he shall be deported immediately after service of sentence without further deportation proceedings.

As of this posting, the driver of the Montero Sport that blocked the PWD ramp at Marquee Mall remains unidentified.