Jeepney driver busted for ‘trip-cutting’ in Manila
MANILA, Philippines — Manila’s traffic enforcement unit has collared a jeepney driver for allegedly cutting trips in the city, and served as a warning that the local government is serious in its drive to bring order in the streets of the nation’s capital.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presented jeepney driver Willy Bajinding to the media at the Manila City Hall on Monday. He said Bajinding was caught cutting trips and even defied authorities in violation if Republic Act 4136 or Resistance and Disobedience, and Alarms and Scandal.
“Ito po ay isa sa naaresto na nagka-cutting trip. He [also] resisted and disobeyed a person in authority and that is a violation of R.A. 4136,” Moreno said in a press conference.
“I hope this will be… a gentle reminder to every driver that we are very serious about this thing in putting an order in the streets of Manila,” he added.
Even before he officially assumed office on July 1, Moreno had earlier issued a stern warning against erring public utility vehicle drivers.
He threatened drivers cutting trips that they stand to lose their franchise if they continue doing such illegal practice.
“Last week nanawagan tayo sa ating mga driver at hindi naman siguro ako nagkukulang ng pagpapaalala at panawagan na kung pupwede, ‘wag na nilang aabusuhin ang mga mahihirap natin kababayan na sumasakay ng jeep. Kung saan, let’s just say, ang bayad nga etneb (bente), ang biyahe posam (sampo),” Moreno said.
“Nakalulungkot isipin na kung saan, itong ating mga driver, partikular muna, jeep, binigyan ng pagkakataon ng estado… na sila’y makapaghanapbuhay. Pribelihiyo, remember, franchise is a privilege,” he further said.
In the same press briefing, Moreno also presented arrested suspects who are allegedly among Manila’s most wanted.
Two alleged rapists and an extortionist preying on street vendors have been collared by lawmen recently, according to Moreno.
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