March 9, 2016
MMDA: Apply Full Force of Law vs. Homicidal Cabbies
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will apply the full force of the law to prosecute the taxi driver who intentionally ran over a traffic constable on Tandang Sora Flyover along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City last Monday.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the agency will provide legal aid to traffic constable Ronald Perez to make certain that cab driver Ramon Talan of Joannian Taxi take the responsibility and suffer the consequences of his actions.
Carlos also strongly condemned the actions of Talan when he was being apprehended for a traffic violation.
“Our people are just doing their duty to maintain the smooth flow and manage vehicular traffic on the streets. Despite what happened, we will continuously stick to our mandate and serve the public interest and welfare,” the MMDA Chief said.
During a hearing at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board office on Tuesday, the Board has suspended the driver’s license of Talan pending the results of the investigation.
Carlos said the agency shouldered the hospital bills incurred by Perez who was badly injured in the incident.
Last Monday, Perez accosted a Joannian taxi cab, reportedly driven by Talan, for cutting off queuing vehicles at the foot of the Tandang Sora Flyover.
Instead of stopping, Talan sped off, prompting Perez to instinctively jump onto the hood of the taxi to avoid being sideswiped by other vehicles in the area.
Seeing Perez on the hood of the cab, Talan frantically swerved, trying to shake off the traffic constable. Moments later, Perez finally lost his grip and fell from the hood to the ground as Talan sped away from the area.
The scene was captured by a CCTV camera in the area.
Perez sustained several contusions and a swollen foot.