Crime and Punishment

5 Minutes MMDA Girl is Christine Villamora Estepa

A woman in a viral video involving the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been dubbed the 5 Minutes MMDA Girl. In the video, the woman is seen refusing to surrender her driver’s license to MMDA official Bong Nebrija as she keeps on asking for her 5 minutes.

 

The 5 Minutes MMDA Girl’s name is Christine Villamora Estepa. The policemen were asking for her driver’s license due to illegal parking but she refused to cooperate.

In the latter part of the viral video, her husband Mark Roland “Macky” Estepa, who is a prosecution attorney, arrives and claims that his wife is pregnant. He threatens to sue the police officers in the venue if their constant questioning leads to a miscarriage.

Since Christine is a prosecutor who works at the Department of Justice (DOJ), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia talked to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra about the 5 Minute MMDA Girl’s offense, Radyo Inquirer reported. Garcia told the publication that Guevarra has promised that they will take the necessary action regarding the issue.

“When there’s an illegal parking, the 5-minute rule doesn’t mean that you are given 5 minutes,” Garcia explained the MMDA’s rule during a press conference. “The MMDA will arrive at the area, honk their horn and will start counting the five minutes.”

“If the owner doesn’t arrive, the car will be towed,” the MMDA General Manager continued. “If the owner arrives, they will give you a ticket for illegal parking. It doesn’t mean that if you arrive, you will no longer be given a ticket.”

Apparently, this was not the first time Macky was in the news. He was the junior prosecutor who handled the election sabotage case against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2013.

At the time, Macky was promoted to the rank of Prosecutor III, which is equivalent to senior assistant state prosecutor (SASP). However, his appointment papers were returned to the Malacañang Palace after the State Prosecutors Association (SPA) questioned his promotion to the SASP post, bypassing more than 80 senior DOJ prosecutors.

“There was a clerical error,” DOJ’s prosecutorial arm head Prosecutor General Claro Arellano told PhilStar. “He should be Prosecutor II or assistant state prosecutor (ASP) level and not Prosecutor III.”

In 2015, Macky was one of the prosecutors who signed the resolutions released by the DOJ dismissing the criminal complaints against the leaders of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). Filed by expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson and expelled INC member Jose Fruto, the complaints were against the members of the INC’s highest administrative body called Sanggunian.

On August 14, 2018, Christine and Macky went to the office of Garcia to issue a public apology. They personally apologized to the MMDA General Manager and to the policemen involved in the chaos.

Watch the public apology of 5-minute MMDA girl and her lawyer husband here:

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