PNP nabs traffic constable over extortion activity in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   October 31, 2018   •   2334


The arrest of traffic constable Jose Edu Badal for extortion | Image courtesy to PNP-CITF


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A traffic constable of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was arrested after he was caught extorting P2,000 from his supposed victim along Commonwealth Avenue.

According to Commander Romeo Caramat Jr. of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF), the suspect identified as Jose Edu Badal was caught in the act of accepting P1,000 from the victim inside a fast food chain in Tandang Sora.

Caramat said it was the suspect who initiated the offer to settle the victim’s violation of driving without a helmet .

“Initially ay humihingi siya ng P2,000 pero nagka aregluhan sila P1,000.  So yun, ginawa natin yung entrapment operation,” said Caramat.

Caramat calls on all of his men to do well in their job especially during Undas when people are expected to flock to cemeteries.

Badal argued that the victim committed multiple violations such as unregistered vehicle and driving without a helmet.

He said he was tempted to accept the money thinking of his sick child.

“Iyong driver din naman po ang nakikiusap. Maging aral po sana at huwag na po nilang gawin iyon. Ako lang talaga ang inaasahan sa amin,” Badal said.

Badal will face charges of robbery extortion because of the incident. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

MMDA to hire 300 more traffic aides for Edsa

Marje Pelayo   •   March 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the hiring of 300 traffic auxiliaries to augment the traffic management efforts in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares.

“We need additional traffic enforcers to improve our traffic management efforts,” MMDA Chairperson Benhur Abalos said.

The official added that the first batch of trainees have undergone RT-PCR swab test and all have tested negative for COVID-19 for everyone’s safety in the workplace.

According to the MMDA, the newly-hired auxiliaries will undergo 15-day training that will cover topics such as academic and non-academic traffic management, physical training, traffic rules and regulations, values formation, human rights, and personality development.

Those who will pass the training will be deployed along EDSA and key areas in Metro Manila to complement the existing manpower of the agency.

Recently, Abalos met with the officials of the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) to discuss issues concerning traffic management in the National Capital Region NCR).

BI warns OFWs vs extortionists, fixers posing as immigration officers

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday warned overseas Filipinos workers against a modus involving fixers pretending to be immigration officers to extort money from their unsuspecting victims.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning citing a complaint that they received from an aspiring OFW last December 2020.

“We have received a complaint sometime in December regarding a Filipino worker who wanted to depart to Dubai under a tourist visa, but was intercepted at the airport,” Morente said in a statement.

“An immigration officer who introduced himself as James approached her and offered to escort her for a fee,” he added.

According to the complainant, “James” claimed that he was assigned as an immigration officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and had the capacity to allow the victim’s departure.

The victim said she initially transferred P7,000, followed by P28,500 through bank transfer to the suspect. She again later transferred P39,500 upping her total transfer to P75,000 and attempted to depart but was intercepted again.

“The victim tried to ask for her money back from the suspect but he made excuses about it. Upon verification with our records, we had no such employee,” Morente said.

Morente said they had sought the help of government intelligence agencies, as well as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in pursuing the case against the fixer.

“I am unable to disclose the details of the said fixer, but we received intelligence information yesterday about him. We already have his identity,” he said.

“I have instructed our Travel Control and Enforcement Unit and Intelligence Division to coordinate with the NBI and ensure that this person faces the harshest penalties of the law,” he added.

Morente urged OFWs not to entertain offers of fixers and extortionists so as not to fall prey to their schemes.

“They are sweet-talkers that will entice you to attempt to work illegally, but we have already measures in place to prevent that from happening,” he said.

“Report any fixing and extortion attempts to the police to make sure that they are arrested and they are prevented from victimizing other people again,” he added.

LIST: Lane closures in Metro Manila for MMDA traffic signalization project

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to expect lane closures in some Metro Manila roads to make way for the traffic signalization project.

In an advisory released on Monday, the MMDA listed the schedule of road activities for the period January 25 to 31.

Below are the schedules of the lane closures for the following activities:

January 25 to January 31 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • Excavation and restoration on sidewalks and installation of footings and handholes at Deparo-Susano and Zapote – Camarin intersections in Caloocan City
  • Installation of Lanterns at Xavierville Ave. – E. Abada St. in Quezon City (January 27)
  • Installation of Lanterns at Blumentritt – Sto. Tomas in Manila City (January 28)
  • Installation of signal cables at M. Almeda – C. Almeda in Pateros (January 29)

January 25 to January 31 (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.)

  • Road works at Deparo-Susano intersection in Caloocan City
  • Restoration works at Deparo-Susano and Zapote – Camarin intersections in Caloocan City

Lane markings will also be conducted in the following areas:

  • Alabang-Zapote Road-Quirino Ave. (under the flyover) in Las Pinas City (from January 25 to January 27)
  • Alabang-Zapote Road-Manila Times (Mitsubishi Motors) in Las Pinas City (from January 27 up to January 29)
  • Alabang-Zapote Road- Palace (Southland) in Las Pinas City (from January 29 up to January 31)

The MMDA also said it will conduct loop activities at the following areas:

  • Alabang Palace and Concha in Las Pinas City (from January 25-January 26)
  • SM Sucat and Amvil in Las Pinas City (from January 26-January 27)
  • TESDA and Armstrong in Paranaque City (from January 27-January 28)
  • B. Morcilla – M. Almeda in Pateros (from January 29-January 30)
  • M. Almeda – C. Almeda in Pateros (from January 29-January 30)

The agency will also install poles at Xavierville Ave. – E. Abada St. in Quezon City on January 25, and Blumentritt – Sto. Tomas in Manila City on January 26.

The project involves traffic signalization of 50 new warranted intersections and integrations to the existing traffic signal control system, including installation of LED lightings in the said intersections, according to the MMDA.


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