By Erma Edera
The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has relieved the traffic enforcer who was caught on video receiving bribe money from a motorist.
(Screengrab from Love Laurena's viral video via MANILA PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)
He was identified as Modesto Tabion Tadeo Jr., traffic enforcer assigned at the corner of United Nations and Taft Avenues under MTPB Sector 5.
MTPB chief Dennis Viaje said the traffic enforcer will no longer be part of the Manila City government for engaging in “kotong.”
The enforcer was exposed in a Facebook video published by netizen Love Laurena on Monday. He was caught accepting bribe from a motorist.
The video went viral on social media hours after Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced the regularization of a "heroic" MTPB enforcer who was dragged by a speeding SUV on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Domagoso said he was disappointed over the alleged extortion activities of the enforcer.
"Ikinalulungkot ko po na sa kabila ng aming pagsisikap na disiplinahin ang aming mga kawani sa Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila ay meron pa ring mga bulok na kamatis sa aming mga hanay," Domagoso said in a statement.
"Nakadidismaya ang balita na ito subalit kailan lamang ay kinilala natin ang isang “hero enforcer” ng MTPB na ating ginawaran ng regularisasyon para sa kanyang dedikasyon na maging malinis at tapat na kawani ng pamahalaan," he said.
"Sa ating bagong pamamahala, kinikilala natin ang mabuti, ngunit hindi rin natin pwede ikubli ang mga masasamang elemento na kailangan alisin," he added.