Manila gov’t to file raps vs SUV driver who dragged traffic law enforcer
Robie de Guzman • November 17, 2019 • 193
MANILA, Philippines – Local authorities of the Philippine capital will be filing charges against an SUV driver who dragged a traffic law enforcer holding on to his vehicle along Laong-Laan in Sta. Cruz when apprehended for disregarding lane marking.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso scolded the errant driver, identified as Orlando Ricardo Jr., 54, who was put behind bars after he was nabbed following the incident.
Reports said that a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer named Adrian Lim was left injured after he held onto Ricardo’s vehicle along the streets of Samploc and Sta. Cruz in Manila on Saturday.
CCTV footage showed Lim hanging onto a speeding and swerving gray SUV until he fell off near Laong-Laan road. He was brought to a hospital by responding first aid providers from the Philippine Red Cross.
Ricardo was apprehended by authorities along Oroquieta and Tayuman streets.
Mayor Isko said the driver had “criminal intent” to harm the traffic law enforcer.
“May criminal intent. Nakita ko (sa CCTV footage) winawasiwas niya,” he said.
“Mas mahal pa ibabayad niya sa abogado niya. Pero sa P500 kaya niyang pumatay ng isang enforcer,” Domagoso said referring to the penalty of a traffic law violation committed by Ricardo.
Meanwhile, Mayor Isko commended Lim’s dedication to his job.
The victim, who sustained several injuries, has been discharged from the hospital after undergoing medical examination.
Ricardo, who is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 3, has denied allegations he also punched Lim, and that he was in possession of a gun during the incident.
MANILA, Philippines – Left-leaning art group, Panday Sining, is calling for the release of four of its members who were arrested in Manila on Saturday, Nov. 30 over a protest art to mark Bonifacio Day.
In a statement, Panday Sining condemned the arrest of four activists by police after attending rallies commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio.
The four, which included a minor, were apprehended by the Manila Police District for vandalism.
Police arrested the activists while they were spray-painting messages calling for end to political repression on posts of Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 2 in Recto.
Panday Sining said its members were manhandled while being dragged by police officers in civilian clothes.
“We demand the release of these people’s artists. We demand an end to the Duterte regime’s tyranny amid the people’s just demands,” the group said.
The group also defended its members, saying its “protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking is not only just necessary.”
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in a statement on Sunday, Dec. 1, said he had warned the group against committing vandalism.
“You were warned. Nag-abiso na ako. Nananawagan po ako na huwag ninyo nang ulitin. Inulit niyo pa rin. Sinusubukan niyo kung may batas at liderato sa Maynila,” he said.
“Kailangan niyo pong harapin ngayon ang bisa ng batas,” he added.
In November, the group earned Mayor Isko’s ire after they spray-painted messages on the newly-refurbished walls of Lagusnilad underpass and UN Avenue.
Mayor Isko warned the group that he will make them “wipe the paint off with their tongue” if he happens to catch them.
He also earlier said that citizens have the right to express themselves but they do not have the right to vandalize public property.
Vandalism is a prohibited act in the City of Manila under Ordinance No. 7971 which imposes penalties on any person who defaces public and private property.
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