Muntinlupa mayor condemns killing of traffic enforcer, offers P100,000 reward for arrest of suspect

Published February 17, 2021, 11:07 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has condemned the killing of a traffic enforcer while on duty on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (Muntinlupa PIO)
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (Muntinlupa PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Daniel Manalo, 36, a supervisor at the city government’s Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB) and a resident of NBP Reservation in Bgy. Poblacion, was shot dead by an unidentified male suspect at about 7:30 p.m. in front of SM Center Muntinlupa in Bgy. Tunasan.

Fresnedi is offering a P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of the killer. He expressed dismay over the incident and said that it was an insult to public office workers who are only carrying out their duties. He vowed to provide financial assistance to Manalo’s family.

MTMB chief Danidon Nolasco said Manalo and his colleagues were conducting a clearing operation in the area in compliance with a memorandum from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordering local governments to clear roads of illegal obstructions.

According to the police, the two decided to go to a store where Manalo received a phone call. He went out of the establishment and as he was talking on his cell phone, the suspect, who was wearing a white shirt with long sleeves, short pants and gray mask, came from behind and shot him in the head that caused his immediate death.

Manalo’s companion told the police he saw the suspect shoot Manalo and flee on foot. The police recovered an empty shell from a .45 caliber pistol from the crime scene. Manalo’s body was brought to the Loreto Funeral Services in Taguig for autopsy.

Muntinlupa Public Information Office chief Tez Navarro said Manalo graduated with a degree in criminology at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa and was a rover scout.

Investigation on the killing is still ongoing. For any information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect, the public may coordinate with Muntinlupa City Police Station at 09989674531.