A dismissed traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority was sent back to jail for apprehending a foreigner who violated the number-coding scheme in Pasay City Wednesday night. Reports identified the arrested suspect as Klifford Bulingking, 37, a resident of Block 126, Lot 2, Karangalan Street, Cainta, Rizal.
He was nabbed by SPO1 Joselito Celo and PO3 Aurelio Bodo of the MMDA Task Force Lawin while apprehending an unidentified foreigner who allegedly violated the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and EDSA in Pasay City. When asked by the two Task Force Lawin officers to show his MMDA identification card, Bulingking failed to show any document that would prove he had been authorized to apprehend erring motorists.
Reports also said the foreigner refused to file a complaint against Bulingking because he was scheduled to leave the country, but confirmed to the arresting officers that the suspect demanded bribe money from him. It was also learned that before his arrest, Bulingking had been facing charges of usurpation of authority before the Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court for posing as an MMDA traffic aide and victimizing motorists near the Pasay Rotonda area.
We now wonder: How many of the traffic aides we see on our roads are not legitimate?