Erring traffic aide under investigation-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
A TRAFFIC enforcer of the Traffic Management and Transportation Regulatory Office (TMTRO) is under fire after he was caught on video doing illegal exaction on transport drivers.
The video was uploaded on the internet Sunday via Youtube.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said a panel composed of city administrator Norlito Bautista, chief of the human resource office, and TMTRO will study and dig deeper on the TMTRO system.
The actions of traffic aide Enrique Lorente in illegal exaction on jeepney drivers may confirm previous allegations that TMTRO officers are collecting illegally from the transport drivers.
TMRO officer-in-charge Ma. Rhodora Katipunan, supervising transportation regulation officer, said that Lorente was called by the office to explain why and what he did over the weekend.
The video caused concerns among the TMTRO personnel and city officials.
Similarly, Councilor Plaridel Nava invited the erring traffic aide to come and shed light on the video shots showing Lorente in flagrant exaction by receiving some money from the jeepney drivers and pocketing it.
Katipunan said that based on the video evidence, Lorente is doing a major grave offense and illegal exaction. Executive Order 23 issued in May 2008 by Representative Jerry P. Treñas (lone district, Iloilo) established guidelines on disciplinary action to all traffic aides and enforcers.
Traffic aide found to have committed a major grave offense such as illegal exaction and collection whether monetary or in kind in exchange for traffic favors, shall be dismissed from duty or outright non-renewal of job order upon the recommendation of the chief of TMTRO.
Mabilog said he is leaving it up to the investigating panel to decide on the sanctions against the erring traffic aide aside from the administrative penalty and or criminal liabilities.