MANILA — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday vowed to apply the full force of the law to the taxi driver who intentionally ran over a traffic constable in Tandang Sora Flyover along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
MMDA Chairman Emerson said the agency will provide legal aid to traffic constable Ronald Perez.
In addition, Carlos they will make sure that the suspect Ramon Talan, driver of Joannian Taxi, will suffer the consequences of his actions.
The MMDA Chief also strongly condemned Talan’s actions when he was apprehended for a traffic violation.
“Our people are just doing their duty to maintain the smooth flow and manage vehicular traffic on the streets. Despite what happened, we will continuously stick to our mandate and serve the public interest and welfare,” the MMDA Chief said.
During a hearing at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday, the Board has suspended Talan’s driver’s license while the case is under investigation.
Carlos said the agency shouldered the hospital bills incurred by Perez who was badly injured in the incident.
On Monday, Perez apprehended a Joannian taxi cab, reportedly driven by Talan, for cutting off queuing vehicles at the foot of the Tandang Sora Flyover.
Instead of stopping, Talan sped off, prompting Perez to instinctively jump onto the hood of the taxi to avoid being sideswiped by other vehicles in the area.
Seeing Perez on the hood of the cab, Talan frantically swerved, trying to shake off the traffic constable. Moments later, Perez finally lost his grip and fell from the hood to the ground while Talan managed to escape from the area.
The scene was captured by a CCTV camera in the area were Perez sustained several contusions and a swollen foot. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/northboundasia.com