Palace: ‘No rationale for road rage’

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Malacañang on Sunday defended the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic constable who was reportedly assaulted by a Maserati-driving motorist in Quezon City last week.

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Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said traffic enforcer Jorbe Adriatico is entitled to “presumption of innocence” and a “presumption of regularity in the performance of his duties.”

“‘Yun pong mga traffic constables ng MMDA ay mga alagad ng batas at sinisikap nga po nilang maging maayos ‘yung daloy ng ating trapik. Hindi naman po makatuwiran ‘yung tinatawag nating ‘road rage’ [The traffic constables of the MMDA are enforcers of the law and they make sure traffic rules are followed. There is no rationale for ‘road rage’],” Coloma told government-run dzRB radio.

“There is a presumption of regularity in the performance of official duties. We also recognize a person’s right on the presumption of innocence. That is why it would have been better if those involved in similar incidents immediately face authorities and tell their side of the story,” he said.

Coloma was reacting to the incident involving Joseph Russel Ingco, the driver of the blue Maserati Ghibli, who allegedly bullied and roughed up Adriatico during an altercation last November 27.

Ingco has said he will no longer submit himself to a police probe, noting that he was already judged for his actions. He claimed self-defense when he supposedly dragged Adriatico a hundred meters down the road.

Coloma said Malacanang is standing by the MMDA’s statements that also defended the traffic enforcer.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino had declared that his office will give full support to Adriatico, saying his accounts were spontaneous whereas Ingco only surfaced a few days after the incident to give his side of the story.

Tolentino noted that Ingco’s face was spotless. Adriatico, on the other hand, has to undergo surgery.

Adriatico has filed charges against Ingco, including serious physical injuries, grave threats and direct assault on a person in authority, as well as robbery, the suspect having taken his mobile phone.

Tolentino said Adriatico may be reassigned to another area for the meantime.

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  1. There is a report in ABS-CBN news that another female motorist complains against the behavior of the TC. To quote the report:

    “Grace said she asked for Adriatico’s help after another car bumped her vehicle on Banawe. Instead of helping her, Adriatico merely swore at her and spat on the ground.”P***na, hindi ko responsibilidad yan. Letse, sabay dura siya sa harap ko,” she said. Several people in Banawe also claimed the constable has the habit of cursing and flashing the dirty finger on people whom he runs in conflict with”.

    If there is truth to the report, the TC has found his match.

  2. victor m. hernandez on

    TCs need training in anger management so that traffic situation will be properly managed, like the one that involved the driver of a maserati. Ma sera ti laga ang ulo mo dito.

  3. victor m. hernandez on

    This incident was caused by a poor handling of traffic situation by the so called traffic constable ( or officer, or endforcer: they keep on hanging the title of the job position). Based on what I saw on the video, the driver of the maserati was denied access to a turn, and was instructed by the traffic constable (TC) to pass through a U-turn to get to where he was going, which the driver did. When the driver was about to turn to his route, he slowed down in front of the TC and waved at him with his hand (pruportedly to signify a dirty finger towards the TC). The TC approached the driver, and that is where the commotion, altercation took place.
    My take: apprently the driver obeyed the TC to make a U-turn to proceed to his route of destination. Too, apparently, this irritated the driver, although he obeyed the TC’s instruction. But as irritated as he was he slowed down hen he was about to turn, and waved at the TC (and signal the TC a dirty finger, which I did not discern in the video). Now the aggravation continued when the TC approached the driver who he thought called his attention and waved a dirty finger at him. The situation became aggravated. What followed is now being reported in the media, with both parties filing or will be filing charges against each other.
    In brief, my take is that, the TC was not able to properly managed the situation. He should have kept his cool, and just let the driver get his cheap thrill. But TC has an ego that he can’t properly controlled. His job is to keep thre traffic flowing. The driver obeyed his instrcution but was irritated, also having an ego The TC got hurt due to the drag and beating, which he could have just avoided if he had just control his ego. Now, the TC commented later in one of the interviews, that it is better that TCs should be given guns. Maybe he did that in the heat of the moment, but if a TC cannot keep his cool in handling traffic situation, this TC comment is scary. Looks like he is trigger happy…

  4. SEK. COLOMA, DAPAT TALAGANG AYUSIN NT MMDA AT DPWH ANG GA- HIGANTE, MONSTROUS, UNBEARABLE AND UNBELIEVABE TRAFFIC SA METRO MANILA KUNDI LALONG DADAMI ANG IINIT ANG ULO HINDI LANG NG MOTORISTA KUNDI PATI MMDA TRAFFIC CONSTABLE. KUNG AYAW IPAIRAL NG MMDA ANG ODD EVEN SCHEME NA MAKABABAWAS NG 50% SASAKYAN SA METRO MANILA NA SANHI NG TRAFFIC, SANA IPAIRAL NI MMDA CHAIR ANG COLOR CODING NA WALANG WINDOW OPENING MULA 8 AM- 8 PM SA BUONG METRO MANILA NA MAKAKABAWAS NG 30% NA SASAKYAN MULA DEC. 8, 2014 HANGANG JAN. 20. 2015 SA ARAW NG PAG-ALIS NG SANTO PAPA.
    KUNG ITO AY MAGING MATAGUMPAY SA PAGBAWAS NG TRAFFIC, ITULOY-TULOY NG MMDA HANGANGMATAPOS ANG UKAY-UKAY ( ROAD RE-BLOCKING ) NG DPWH SA 2016. DI BA SECWATARY COLOMA?