Palace lauds vigilant citizens in road bullying incidentBy Maila Ager
MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Wednesday commended the citizenry for taking an active role against a motorist , who berated and slapped a traffic enforcer of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
“We commend our vigilant citizens who actively seek accountability from individuals in both the public and private sectors,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.
“When people seek out and denounce the abusive, we see our citizens taking an active part in the President’s drive against the “wang-wang mentality.”
“This is a convergence that directly links individuals, through social and traditional media, to broader efforts to achieve social change, by bringing to light any possible wrongdoing,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda issued the statement after a television network uploaded on YouTube a video showing a motorist, who was later identified as Robert Blair Carabuena, berating and attacking traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros.
The video that circulated online sparked outrage among users of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
“Public engagement is the bedrock of democracy. It is at its most potent and powerful when the constant scrutiny of the citizenry serves as a deterrent to the illicit and unlawful,” Lacierda said.
“Let us all continue to channel our efforts towards permanently changing our individual and collective behavior for the better,” the official added.