Traffic enforcers are the ones who enforce traffic rules to catch traffic violators and issue tickets or penalty to drivers. But not all enforcers are honest while doing their job; some take advantage of the violators and ask money in exchange for penalties.
A viral CCTV video has been uploaded on Facebook by a netizen named Joaquin Cesar Reyes that captured some of Muntinlupa traffic enforcers preying on motorists to give money in exchange of their license.
On the CCTV video clip, after the enforcers talked to the motorists and asked for their license, the enforcer passed it to one of their companions who wears a face mask and invites the motorist to go with him in a distant area, where CCTV cameras cannot spot their transactions.
When they return, the motorists just leave the place and the enforcers do the same transactions with other motorists.
Reyes was furious at the MTMB enforcers as he stated in his caption that these enforcers are aware of CCTV cameras on the areas but they were able to find a way to extort money from these motorists.
“HULICAM: “Rider ka lang, MTMB traffic enforcer kami!” Panoorin ang pangongotong sa mga riders ng mga MTMB traffic enforcers! Tigas ng mga mukha alam na nga na may CCTV camera nakahanap pa rin ng paraan kung paano mangotong. Wow Magic! Yang ba ang tama??? Wala ng babaguhin sa Muntinlupa! Yahoo!!!”
Traffic enforcers face this kind of issue over the years and some of them were even removed from the service when they were being caught on the act. However, there are still traffic enforcers who continue to extort money from motorists.
A hit-and-run incident happened in Makati involving the “Starstruck” Season 6 Ultimate Male Survivor Migo Adecer on Tuesday night, March 26. While the artist was driving a white Subaru BRZ, he struck two employees of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who were riding a motorcycle.
The assistant chief of police for operations of the Makati City Police, Maj. Gideon Ines, said that after the suspect struck the victims identified as Rogelio Formelos Castillano and Michelle Gallova Papin, instead of helping the victims, the suspect took off.
Upon witnessing the incident, the traffic enforcers chased the artist and the bystanders rushed the victims to a nearby hospital in Makati. The suspect was cornered along N. Garcia St. as reported by Police Col. Rogelio Simon, chief of police of Makati City. He became unruly and refused to surrender his license. The artist even attempted to escape the arrest and hit a police car.
“Inipit namin ‘yung kaniyang sasakyan kaya hindi na siya makaabante… Inatras niya ngayon ‘yung kaniyang sasakyan at nabangga itong nakaharang na mobile namin,” he said.
According to the police officer, he was under the influence of alcohol.
“Halatang lango siya sa alak. Kinakausap namin, wala sa sarili. Nagsisigaw-sigaw,” he added.
On Tuesday afternoon, Adecer was also involved in another traffic violation in Rockwell for driving recklessly and surrendered his driver’s license. Now, the police who were investigating the confiscated license on Tuesday night said it was fake.
Because of the incident, Adecer will face charges for reckless imprudence resulting to physical injuries and damage to property and disobedience to a person in authority.
On Wednesday, Adecer was released from detention after posting bail and said that he had learned a lot from the incident that happened. In behalf of Migo Adecer, his lawyer, Marie Glen Abraham- Garduque, was the one who became his spoke person.
“This was not a good experience to Migo, but he learned a lot from this. He would like to apologize to all the persons who had been adversely affected by this incident,” his lawyer Marie Glen Abraham-Garduque said in a statement.
During the investigation, he apologized to the police authorities on what had happened as a result of mixed emotions and confusion, during the situation, “He already said sorry to the police authorities, explaining to them that disobeying them is his most remote intention. Whatever he said and done was just a product of mixed fear and confusion because of the situation,” Abraham-Garduque added.
He thanked the two MMDA employees who withdrew their complaints, whom he had struck by a sports car. And he is willing to shoulder the hospital expenses of the two who are still recovering at a hospital in Makati.
“He would like to say thank you as well to the two victims, who are kind enough to forgive him and decided to desist in filing any legal action against him,” the lawyer said.
TAGS: Col. Rogelio Simon, GMA Artist Center, GMA Network, Maj. Gideon Ines, Makati, Marie Glen Abraham- Garduque, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Michelle Gallova Papin, Migo Adecer, Rogelio Formelos Castillano, Season 6 Ultimate Male Survivor, Subaru BRZ, traffic enforcers
Safety is our first priority in an emergency situation, which prompts citizens to help those who are in need. And witnessing a vehicular emergency, we expect that people would offer help as much as possible.
In this case, the driver who unfortunately had a situation with his vehicle, was expecting help but received another problem.
Mario Eric Licardo shared a video, on his Facebook account, about an incident that happened to him. He was going through Valero St., Makati City when suddenly his car’s central lock chip had sparked and caught fire, so he pulled over and got water to extinguish it.
Then the next thing happened as two traffic enforcers approached him asking if his vehicle could still run. Upon answering “yes” the enforcer immediately asked for his license.
Without giving his license, Mario explained that he needed to stop because his car chip lock suddenly burst into flames and he needed to put it out, but the enforcer would not listen to him.
He continuously convinced the enforcer that it wasn’t his intention to park, but the enforcers still wanted to give him a ticket, saying that Mario should “surrender his driver’s license and then he can explain his side.”
Another enforcer had told him that he cannot refuse them because he is not the owner of the license he presented.
Posted by Mario Eric Licardo on Friday, March 15, 2019
Marion had shown the enforcer the burnt chip lock he had, but the enforcer kept him on the pressure to surrender his license. The situation had worsened when a tow truck passed by and threatened to tow his vehicle. Mario had no choice but to give his driver’s license and the enforcer started writing a ticket.
His violation was “Obstruction/Stalled Vehicle,” where he reasoned out by saying that he wouldn’t stop his vehicle if it wasn’t on fire, showing the burnt chip lock with the casing half melted.
On the video, he also stated that other people would have asked if he was safe or if the vehicle was still good but then instead of showing some concern, the enforcer simply issued him a ticket. He did not argue with the traffic enforcer and let it him write a ticket for his ‘alleged’ violation.
Ignorance of the law excuses no one!
Our traffic enforcers strictly follow the law to apprehend hard-headed motorists who usually violate the law that results in road rage. This is the usual scenario seen on television and social media when MMDA enforcers call the attention of the violators.
Recently, with all his experience, MMDA operation officer Edison Bong Nebrija posted on his Facebook account two violators that they encountered on different locations with separate violations. On his post, he compared these two violators based on their behaviors when caught.
First, when he flagged down a motorcycle rider, the rider asked for his violation, immediately surrenders his license, accepted the ticket and politely said: “Sir, pasensya na, ngayong alam ko na bawal yan, di na po ako uulit.” (Then asks for a selfie)
This is what he calls an “ordinary motorist.”
Now, here comes the second motorist who is riding a Subaru, and was also called by the enforcer. He immediately asked for his violation, then argued with the enforcer and doesn’t want to surrender his license, refused to accept his mistake, and blurted to the enforcer:
“Hindi ako ordinaryong tao! “ (I’m not an ordinary person!)
This one, he calls an “extraordinary person.”
Many of the netizens reacted to his post, especially those who admired the ordinary motorist that respectfully accepted his violations.
One said that it is refreshing to see in reality that motorists are not arrogant and irresponsible, unlike what others may have thought of. Because bikers often stop and follow what an enforcer says, without any question.
We apprehended 2 different motorists from two different locations and different violations. What struck me most is the…
Chris Dutch Bezuidenhout: “Thank you for this post. It’s so often that bikers are pointed out for being arrogant and irresponsible motorists. It’s refreshing to see reality. Bikers are stopped so often that they know the process and most of the time follow it without question. There are people of all kinds on 2 wheels and 4 wheels too. Kudos to the rider, you are a great example to others.”
Another one also gave his advice that when an enforcer comes close, you immediately smile and voluntarily give your license with a smile. That way, maybe your violation can be considered or may simply be given a warning.
Reuben L. Loor: “Ganyan dapat.. Pagkalapit ni enforcer, greet agad sabay bigay ng lisensya at may kasama pang smile. Baka patawarin kapa e or tikitan ka ng pinakamababang penalty. Ganyan ginagawa ko dito sa probinsya, and so far effective tatlong beses na akong naharang, speed limit at disregarding traffic sign.”
Another one said that the ordinary person shows good attitudes unlike those who are belong to a ‘privileged’ class who show negative attitudes, most of the time.
Manny Balane: “The so-called “ordinary person” showed his superiority by his commendable and civilized behavior while the other one only proves that even if you belong to a social register, bad breeding still shows!”
Edison’s post has gone viral and gave an idea to netizens that if ever they will be caught by an enforcer, they would take a selfie with him to be an example of an “ordinary person.”