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Traffic enforcer vs erring motorist

A traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lodged a complaint against a motorist who maltreated him after being accosted for a traffic violation in Malabon City.

Traffic Aide 1 Eugene Yadao was reportedly rammed by a motorist identified as Gregory Frank Baquiran who was flagged down for illegal counterflow along McArthur Highway in Malabon City around 8 p.m. on April 17.

In his sworn statement given to Valenzuela Police, Yadao said he and another traffic enforcer, Manuel Farinas, flagged down two vehicles – a yellow Isuzu Crosswind and a grey Honda City – for illegal counter flow.

Yadao said he approached the male driver of the Honda City, who was later identified as Baquiran, and immediately informed him of his violation.

Yadao asked for Baquiran’s driver’s license but the latter said he does not have one.

Baquiran tried to speed off when the traffic enforcer was about to get his vehicle’s OR/CR but was prevented by a passenger bus which blocked the car’s path.

The driver then sped toward Yadao who was able to hang on the hood of the vehicle while it was speeding until he fell on Banana Road.

He said that a concerned motorcycle rider in the area helped him and chased the fleeing Honda City which drove toward McArthur Highway in Valenzuela area.

Yadao said he alighted from the motorcycle and told Baquiran to drive the vehicle on the curb before the exit of the McArthur Highway-Potrero Malabon. Instead of heeding the traffic enforcer’s instruction, Baquiran drove again toward Valenzuela.

Yadao and the motorcycle rider continued chasing the car until they reached Marulas, Valenzuela where the traffic enforcer spotted a police assistance desk and asked help from Police Officers 1 Mel John Obejas and Mark Jade Gaoiran.

Yadao said he was informed by a local traffic enforcer in Valenzuela that Baquiran was arrested and is treated at the Valenzuela Medical Center. (Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)