The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer who was emasculated by Riders’ Safety Advocates of the Philippines (RSAP) founder Bonifacio Bosita may yet file charges against the latter.
However, lawyer Vic Trinidad, Director III of the MMDA’s Metropolitan Public Safety Office said the unnamed enforcer would have to do it on his own, as a private citizen.
“Iniimbestigahan po namin kung tama po ang naging procedure nung ating enforcer at tsaka yung pong kaso na maaari niyang i-file laban po doon sa mga naka-argrabyado po sa kanya (We will investigate whether or not our enforcer followed the correct procedure, as well as the case that he can file against those who aggrieved him),” Trinidad said in a recent radio interview.
“Siya na po ang bahala na mag-file kasi private po yung aspeto ng bagay na yun (It will be up to him to file because that aspect is private),” he added.
Trinidad said that the MMDA management won’t be subjecting the enforcer to any displinary action.
A debate in social was sparked earlier this month when the enforcer flagged down a motorcycle-riding couple along EDSA and cited the violation of the female back-rider for wearing slippers instead of shoes.
The couple called up Bosita, a retired police colonel, to complain about the incident. Bosita unsurprisingly sided with the couple and lectured the enforcer that only the main rider–in this case the husband–is required to wear shoes.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Bosita prodded the enforcer to compensate the back-rider for her lost wage that day (P500) as a result of the inconvenience he supposedly caused. And pay up he did, as seen in the conclusion of a viral video on the incident.
Trinidad later said that, as a personal opinion, the enforcer made the right call in ticketing the slippers-wearing back-rider if Land Transportation Office-Administrative Order (LTO-AO) No. AHS-2008-015 is used as basis. The AO covers the rules and regulations for the use and operations of motorcycle on highways.
However, Trinidad said the traffic violation ceased to be an MMDA matter when the parties skiipped the adjudication procedure and settled the matter on the road.