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QUEZON City Mayor Josefina Belmonte warned traffic enforcers on Thursday not to accept bribes from motorists, saying they could face dire consequences like administrative case and criminal charges. “Huwag nating hayaang masira ang ating pangalan at ang imahe ng ating siyudad dahil lang sa maliit na halaga (Let us not destroy our name and the image of our city in exchange for a petty cash),” said Belmonte. “Gawin natin nang tama ang ating tungkulin at huwag tayong magpadala sa tukso ng salapi na ikasisira ng ating kinabukasan (Let’s do our job right and don’t be deceived by the money that can destroy our future),” she added. Belmonte issued the call even as she lauded a traffic enforcer of the QC Task Force Traffic and Transport Management (TFTTM) for arresting a motorist who offered a P200-bribe after he was cited for illegal parking. The motorist, whose name has been withheld, is now facing charges for violation of City Ordinance SP-1444 and Article 212 of the Revised Penal Code. In his complaint, Traffic Enforcer Roberto Francisco said the TFTTM, led by traffic czar Atty. Ariel Inton, was conducting a clearing operation along Katipunan Avenue when he noticed a van parked on the sidewalk. Francisco told the van’s driver of his violation, asked for his license and issued him a ticket. While handing the ticket, the motorist placed P200 in his hand. “Nagulat na lang ako na may isiningit na pera sa pagitan ng tiket at palad ko. Areglo na lang daw po (I was shocked because he inserted money in my hands, saying he wanted to settle),” Francisco said in his statement.



 
 

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