By Jel Santos
Authorities are still hunting down the two personnel of the Anti-Jaywalking Unit of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) who allegedly issued fake receipts to jaywalkers, an official of the agency said Friday.
According to MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago, Jonathan Natividad and Frederick Arucan are still at large. Both are assigned at the controversial unit.
“The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they will immediately inform us once they caught Natividad and Arucan,” she said. “As of now, NBI is still looking for them.”
The probe on the whole unit is still ongoing to find out if who are the other personnel involved in their racket, the spokesperson said.
The 48 personnel of the Anti-Jaywalking unit were placed under floating status.
The modus operandi was discovered when a pregnant woman showed to the personnel on the sixth floor the fake receipt given to her when she paid on the seventh floor.
She said that the one who issued the fake receipt was Joanna Eclarinal, 34, the unit’s deputy for operations. Eclarinal was apprehended on Monday and is now under the custody of Makati police.
When MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia learned about it, Natividad and Arucan hastily left their office along with documents believed to be pieces of evidence to their racket.
“We believe that the documents they took were pieces of evidence to their racket,” the agency’s spokesperson said.
Salvador Galang, head of the unit which is currently in hot water, claimed that he had nothing to do with the illegal transactions of his men, saying he usually leaves his office around 2 p.m. every day.
Garcia said they halted for the meantime MMDA’s jaywalking apprehensions pending probe.