MANILA, Philippines - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino ordered the agency’s lawyers to pursue criminal charges against a driver who shot and wounded a traffic enforcer on Wednesday along Edsa in Mandaluyong.
In a press release, Tolentino lamented the situation of traffic enforcer Larry Fiala, as he called on the public to also respect others.
"Traffic laws were enacted to put order in the streets. And somebody has to enforce the law and we motorists have to comply. Let us treat each other with respect. Definitely we don't want anyone to get hurt," Tolentino said.
Reports show Fiala flagged down a black Nissan Frontier pick-up, owned by Edward John Gonzalez, for a traffic violation. Irked, the driver hit him in the face and sped away.
Fiala caught up with him near Connecticut Street in Edsa. A witness later saw Gonzalez emerge with a gun and shot the traffic enforcer several times.
Fiala is now recovering from an emergency operation at the Victor Potenciano Memorial Hospital.
Tolentino assured the family that the MMDA will attend to his medical care and related needs.
Gonzalez, on the other hand, is now detained at the Mandaluyong City police headquarters.