June 24, 2021
MMDA Chairman Orders Investigation of Two Traffic Enforcers in Viral Video
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos have ordered the investigation of two traffic enforcers who were caught on video, which circulated online, allegedly extorting money from a motorcycle rider.
Abalos instructed the Traffic Discipline Office (TDO) to identify the two enforcers in the viral video allegedly engaged in extortion or kotong.
“We will never tolerate extortion, bribery, and other forms of corruption among our personnel. Those two traffic enforcers will be dealt with accordingly. Charges will be filed against them,” said Abalos, citing that the agency does not and will never condone such misconduct.
The video uploader branded the two traffic enforcers as extortionists in Baclaran, Paranaque City. The video did not clearly reveal the faces of the enforcers since it was taken from top view.
In the video footage, one enforcer discreetly received from a motorcycle rider what appeared to be money in exchange for what appeared to be a drivers’ license.
Meanwhile, Abalos urged the public to report perceived illegal activities by MMDA employees.
“We call on the public to be on the lookout for erring traffic enforcers on the streets. Help us in weeding out these people as a way to better serve the public,” said Abalos.
"We shall not tolerate this wrongdoing among our ranks. I will not let anyone tarnish the image of the Authority,” he added.
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