THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Friday said it will vigorously prosecute those who will bully its enforcers and other personnel in an attempt to prevent them from performing their duties.
This was learned after newly-appointed MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim ordered an investigation into one such incident in Quezon City where members of an accredited towing team was reportedly threatened and bullied by a gun toting individual who introduced himself as an agent of the Optical Media Bureau.
“We will not let this incident pass because we have to protect our people from abusive individuals but we will not also tolerate our personnel who are engaged in illicit activities. We will also apply on them the full force of the law,” Lim, a retired army Scout Ranger, said.
Lim, in his directive to MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos, said should the investigation shows the guilt of the alleged bully, appropriate charges should immediately be filed before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office.
Reports reaching Lim’s office show that the incident happened last Wednesday morning at the corner of Scouts Tobias and Limbaga Streets, near the OMB building while the team was conducting an anti-illegal parking operations by towing illegally parked vehicles.
In the midst of their work, the reports also showed, a man identifying himself as OMB agent Ronnie Tampingco approached Larry Miravite, a member of the team who was making a video record of the operation, and started cursing him while at the same time displaying his gun tucked on his waist.
“Nakita n’yo na nga walang maparkan at ginagawa ang kalsada,” said Miravite, quoting Tampingco whose car is among those to be towed.
Moreover, Miravite claimed that he calmly told a visibly agitated Tampingco that the vehicles were parked on a tow-away zone and that they were only doing their job in clearing the area, which is part of the Mabuhay Lane. He then told Tampingco to park his vehicle elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Orbos said they will conduct a probe of the incident. He added that the agency will not allow any person to threaten or abuse any of the MMDA personnel or those working to clear the roads of obstructions.