We have seen tons of videos of helpless MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcers being harassed and maltreated by rude drivers. But in the video below, an angry driver can been pushing and shouting at a MMDA traffic enforcer in front of his fellow officers. In line with this, the MMDA aired its side of the story.
On the first part of the video posted by Redpolstar Aguilar Factor on her Facebook account, the driver of the white car is shouting at MMDA traffic enforcer, who was identified as Renato Villafuerte, 52 years old. The man can be seen explaining something to Villafuerte, but he later pushed him. You can see three other MMDA officers on the scene.
But instead of fighting back, Villafuerte calmly tried to explain his side, but the driver seemed to be uncontrollable. According to Robert James Villafuerte (Renato’s son), who talked to Rappler, the incident took place at Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City last Thursday, June 25, 2015, and that the said driver was allegedly drunk.
The voice of the angry driver is loud enough to attract passers-by, but because the camera was quite far, we cannot hear clearly what he is exactly saying. However, it appears that he is telling Villafuerte not to touch or pull his car. On the other hand, Villafuerte’s son said the driver allegedly told his father to try arresting him.
Today, Sunday, June 28, the MMDA released its official statement explaining what happened that day, adding that the plate number of the concerned vehicle. In addition, the traffic agency said they will file a case against the unruly driver. Read the full context of MMDA’s explanation below, via Top Gear Philippines.
This incident happened last June 25, Thursday, at around 6am along Commonwealth-Tandang Sora. The driver was apprehended by our lady constable, Fatima Factor, for obstruction. Upon slowing down, he almost hit Factor. This was witnessed by another constable of ours, Renato Villafuerte, who came to Factor’s aid beside the car, and then the driver became visibly agitated.
The video in question occurs after that. Our traffic constables were subjected to prolonged verbal abuse and physical assault, at which point police assistance was sought. The driver managed to leave before the police arrived, but our team was able to take down the plate number of the vehicle.
Throughout the incident, Villafuerte and our constables maintained their professionalism and conducted themselves responsibly. We commend them for rising above the situation even when faced with unwarranted disrespect and hostility. We will be filing an official complaint against the driver with the LTO, and further evaluate the possibility of filing a criminal complaint against him.
We would like to thank everyone who expressed their support to Villafuerte and our Commonwealth traffic constables. We train our constables to treat everyone with nothing but respect and courtesy, and only hope that they be treated the same way by the people that they serve. Thank you very much.
As of posting, the identity of the driver is not yet known. However, he is expected to surface later to explain his side. But whatever the real issue behind this, we at TN always believe that no has the right to hurt anyone. Yes, there are some corrupt and rude MMDA traffic enforcers. But in this particular situation, we must commend their patience.