In front of the University of the Philippines yesterday I saw Land Transportation Office personnel making random stops and inspections of vehicles. I got curious as to what they were looking for—they were checking under the vehicles' hoods—but I didn't dare ask. I certainly wasn't able to make the connection to the President's "walang wang-wang" vow in his inaugural address. It was only later in the day, when someone visiting from out of town recounted that her vehicle was among those checked, that I learned what those LTO dudes were up to.
In Metro Manila, among those apprehended were the vice-governor of Misamis Occidental and a former Quezon City Representative who, inexplicably, still uses an "8" protocol license plate despite the expiration of her term.
I must say I'm impressed. We'll see, though, if tardiness such as this will make the President rethink his stand. I myself won't mind if he uses his wang-wang privilege. His convoy's stops at red lights must be hell for the poor Presidential Security Group. And it wouldn't do for him to be late for high-level appointments in the future.
Besides, it's not as if the new President's backtracking wouldn't have a precedent.