2 MMDA Enforcers Dismissed for Grave Misconduct, Involved in Extortion
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has finally dismissed the two (2) enforcers involved in extortion that went viral on social media.
According to the MMDA, Edmon Belleca and Christian Malemit, both traffic enforcers, were caught on camera on April 23 demanding P1000 in return for not arresting the victim for violating Republic Act 10913, also known as the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and Reckless Driving, in a video taken and posted by Miriel Custodio.
The inquiry into the two has been completed, according to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, and there is clear evidence that they are guilty. As a result, they have been relieved of their responsibilities and are no longer eligible to serve.
As part of the disciplinary procedure, the two were put on preventive suspension prior to their dismissal. The agency’s Legal Department is hearing and investigating their case, so the preventive suspension is merely a corrective measure.
The two traffic officers will also face criminal charges in connection with the incident. Miriel Custodio, the survivor, will receive legal aid in filing a lawsuit against the two.
“Nakipag-ugnayan na po kami sa biktima bilang preparasyon sa pagsasampa ng kaso sa hukuman laban kina Belleca at Malemit. Sisiguraduhin namin na magiging accountable sila sa kanilang ginawa,” Abalos added.
Abalos warned all MMDA employees not to engage in any illegal activity, particularly since the agency is committed to fighting corruption. The official also urged members of the public to report any suspicious activity involving MMDA staff through the agency’s social media accounts and hotline 136, which will be investigated.
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