By Ali Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – Isabela, Basilan Mayor Djalia Turabin-Hataman has bared that her own mother had been arrested by policemen who were enforcing her order to ban cars from parking along major streets in their city.
In a Facebook post, Turabin-Hataman said city police traffic unit elements apprehended her mother and their family driver on a no-parking street zone last Friday, but she only learned about the incident on Sunday because she was busy attending to a patient-relative in hospital.
She said her mother, unnamed in her online post, was left inside their car with its hazard-blinking lights on while the driver purchased her maintenance medicine at a nearby pharmacy. It was then that motorbike-riding policemen arrived, accosted her and the driver, and brought them to the city police station.
The lady mayor said her mother, who she acknowledged as a licensed nurse and a recipient of awards from the Civil Service Commission (CSC), advised the driver not to identify her during the confrontation in the street.
At the police station, a civilian told the traffic enforcers that the woman they collared was the mother of the new city mayor, Turabin-Hataman recalled.
Surprised and apologetic, the policemen asked why the mother did not identify herself during the street encounter so they could have easily spared her and the driver.
“Sabi daw niya (the mother) bakit ako magpapakilala, para lang lumusot sa batas na anak ko mismo ang nagpapatupad? Dapat ako ang unang sumunod (The mother said, why would I introduce myself to escape responsibility for an order that my own daughter is trying to enforce? I should be the first to follow),” the mayor quoted witnesses as saying about her mother.
After some hours, the traffic enforcers reportedly returned the driver’s license of the chauffer and sent him off with the mayor’s mother with a “warning” for the driver to stay inside the car while on emergency parking stance.
“Yan ang nanay ko!” the mayor exclaimed in her post.