Fiscal in viral traffic scuffle to answer MMDA complaint: DOJ

MANILAA government prosecutor seen in a viral video while arguing with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers after she was apprehended for illegal parking has been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to answer the complaint filed against her.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Christine Villamora Estepa has already been directed to file her comment over the complaint of the MMDA.

We asked prosecutor Estepa to comment on the MMDA complaint, similar to a show-cause order. She will submit shortly, Guevarra said Wednesday.

Then we'll decide if we should dismiss the complaint outright or formally charge her. Part of procedural due process, he added.

A video that was uploaded on Facebook showed that the woman refused to present her driver's license as she told the enforcers that she arrived within five minutes after being notified of the violation.

Her husband later appeared and explained that she was pregnant and was on her way to the hospital.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said Estepa committed at least four violations including illegal parking, violating the number coding scheme, arrogance and running away on a short chase from traffic enforcers.

After the incident, Estepa and her husband proceeded to the MMDA to apologize for what happened.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the MMDA enforcers especially to Colonel Bong Nebrija and constable Azures, she stated.

We ask for your understanding on the matter as well as emotions got the better of us, she added.

The MMDA has already filed a complaint at the Land Transportation (LTO) for the suspension or revocation of the driver's license of the prosecutor.

MMDA Special Task Force Operations commander Bong Nebrija said Estepa was arrogant when she was caught by the enforcers.

She almost hit one of the enforcers when she tried to drive away from the scene.

Garcia said the agency will continue to implement maximum tolerance among its enforcers during their operations and advised motorists that they should immediately surrender their licenses if they were caught violating traffic rules to prevent confrontations.

Maximum tolerance among the enforcers. To the motorists in case of violation, just show your license and you will be issued a ticket then that's it, he said. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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