January 30, 2017
Traffic Constable Manhandled by Bus, Conductor in Pasay City Over Traffic Violation
A traffic constable of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today was slightly injured after a bus driver and his conductor tried to maul him during a heated argument over the traffic violation in Pasay City.
Traffic constable Richard Morales managed to keep the bus driver Dick Soriano and conductor Gilbert Gonzales at bay when the two lunged at him.
Morales said he flagged down Soriano, driver of Lucky 7 Jayross bus (TXJ-438), around 7 a.m. on the northbound of Edsa-Cabrera area in Pasay for violation of the close-door policy, which carries a P1,000 fine.
When Morales handed the traffic violation ticket to Gonzales, an infuriated Soriano took the ticket, got off the bus and confronted the traffic enforcer.
During the heated exchange of words, the bus driver slapped the ticket on Morales’ chest which prompted the traffic enforcer to retaliate. Instead of keeping the two men apart, Gonzales joined in and punched Morales.
The bus driver and conductor managed to sped off after the incident but was later apprehended in Ortigas.
The bus was brought and impounded at the Tumana in Marikina City while Soriano and Gonzales will be facing assault of a person in authority and physical injury charges for the incident.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said that the agency will not tolerate erring traffic personnel but he will not stand by to see traffic enforcers who are only doing their jobs to be ignored and even hurt.
“We’ll see to it that the full force of the law will be applied on these erring motorists to make them realize that we mean business in enforcing the traffic rules and regulations,” Orbos said.
Gilbert Gonzales, conductor of Lucky 7 Jayross Bus; and bus driver Dick Soriano at the MMDA main office
after mauling traffic constable Richard Morales over a traffic violation in Pasay City.