MMDA sacks Katipunan traffic enforcers for extortion

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday, June 9, announced the sacking of two personnel and the suspension of 7 more for alleged extortion.

Two traffic constables – whose identities were withheld by the MMDA – were dismissed by Chairman Francis Tolentino for “being involved in street corrupt practices.” The two were both on job order status and assigned along Katipunan Avenue. The MMDA’s legal department presided over several months of hearings before the 2 were sacked.

Tolentino said “appropriate criminal charges” will be filed against the guilty MMDA personnel.

The MMDA also suspended 7 traffic enforcers who are regular employees of the agency for “grave misconduct.” Their identities were also withheld by the MMDA pending further investigation. Tolentino said they will be placed in preventive suspension for 90 days and face possible termination is proven guilty of extortion.

“This is part of our regular efforts to cleanse our ranks. We will never tolerate any wrongdoing from our employees,” said Tolentino in a statement. –