DAVAO CITY – The Traffic Management Center impounded around 200 motorcycles with bora-bora (modified mufflers) in a week after MayorRodrigo Duterte banned the loud vehicles.
The operation started Sunday last week in Buhangin, Talomo, Tugbok and Poblacion.
“What you put there (modified muffler) is not allowed by law. You cannot change it to make noise. If you replace (the muffler) you start to make noise. During night time you disturb your fellowmen,” said.
Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte during Sunday’s Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa tv program.
“It is not a traffic violation, I am ordering the confiscation based on nuisance law,” he said.
Nuisance was specified in the Civil Code of the Philippines Book 2: Property, Ownership and Its Modifications.
According to Title VIII Article 694 nuisance “is any act, ommission, establishment, business, condition of property, or anything else which (1) injures or endangers the health and safety of others; (2) annoys or offends the senses.”
“Noise is a pollutant, it destroys the hearing of the people. It disturbs the public peace,” Duterte said.
“That is unlawful and by law I am allowed to abate that nuisance,” he said.
Duterte also warned the owners of the confiscated motorcycles that it would be their problem if their motorcycles will be lost to thieves.
The mayor said that the confiscation of motorcycles with bora-bora is “a continuous endeavor”. (davaotoday.com)