MANILA- The Land Transportation Office is set to summon a doctor who was caught in a viral road rage video shouting curses at a motorist, the Department of Transportation said Monday.
The doctor was identified by the DOTr as a certain Tomas Mendez, who figured in a heated exchange with a driver of an L300.
“Umabot na po sa kinauukulan ang insidenteng ito at sa kasalukuyan ay gumagawa na ng hakbang ang ating Land Transportation Office-Philippines upang maipatawag at mahingan ng paliwanag si Dr. Tomas Mendez, ang road rage suspect,” the DOTr said in Facebook post.
(This incident has reached the authorities and the LTO is finding ways to call and ask an explanation from Dr. Tomas Mendez, the road rage suspect.)
The transportation department also urged the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) to act on the issue.
St. Luke’s Medical Center meanwhile refuted rumors of links with the doctor.
In a statement, the hospital clarified that Mendoza is not one of its practicing doctors.
“Upon checking our records, Dr. Mendez was a former ENT resident trainee and he was never a part of St. Luke’s roster of practicing physicians,” it said.
Following the incident, the DOTr appealed to motorists to keep their cool on the road.
“Sa mga panahon po na tayo ay biglang ma-involve sa isang traffic incident, huwag po sanang pairalin ang init ng ulo at umabot pa sa punto na tayo ay makikipagmurahan, manlalait, o mananakit ng ating kapwa,” it said.
(In times that we are involved in a traffic altercation, let’s not let our emotions get the best of us to the point that we will curse or hurt another person.)