MANILA, Philippines?Three traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority face dismissal for being caught on video pocketing bribe money from drivers of public utility vehicles, an official said Friday.
MMDA Chair Oscar Inocentes has ordered the preventive suspension for 90 days of Abelardo Gallano, Sonny Aquino and Alejandra Macaraeg pending the preparation of formal charges against them.
The MMDA has also initiated summary dismissal proceedings against the three traffic enforcers, who are permanent employees assigned to the Central Traffic Enforcement Division.
Angelito Vergel de Dios, executive director of the Traffic Operations Center, said the three were recorded by closed-circuit television cameras receiving bribe money from drivers in separate incidents last month along a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The bribes were allegedly in exchange for allowing drivers to stay illegally parked on the street longer to pick up more passengers.
By solely reviewing the video footage, De Dios said he and other MMDA officials found substantial evidence against the employees.
?These men clearly violated the code of conduct for traffic enforcers and acted contrary to the MMDA traffic management policy. They should therefore be punished accordingly,? De Dios said in a statement.
The erring traffic enforcers were given five days to answer in writing the charges against them.
For the past few months, the MMDA has been summoning and penalizing wayward enforcers caught by CCTV cameras installed on major thoroughfares as part of its continuing effort to rid the agency of "scalawags and misfits," Inocentes said.