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40 Manila traffic personnel axed

Manila, Philippines – Manila officials are on a serious crackdown against erring traffic enforcers in a bid to further improve the city’s traffic situation.

Forty Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) personnel have been removed from their duties in the past
months due to corruption, Vice Mayor and traffic czar Francisco Domagoso revealed.

At least 10 traffic policemen have been transferred to other posts while others were slapped with administrative charges, the head of Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit, Chief Inspector Olivia Sagaysay said.

Domagoso said they often launch hushed operations to entrap erring traffic officers to clear the ranks of bad eggs.

“Sometimes it is harsh, radical. They know we often put out fake drivers as “baits” and many of them know it because they pass the word…they are afraid but those who serve well and never violate, they don’t have a problem,” he said.

While penalties are not elusive to violators, Manila officials are also quick to recognize traffic enforcers who have gathered the highest amounts of violation fines.

Last December 2, Mayor Joseph E. Estrada recognized three traffic enforcers who topped the list and received a 20 percent commission from their total penalty collections. (Jenny F. Manongdo)