Bullied traffic enforcer gets award, home makeover

Posted at 08/22/2012 3:55 PM | Updated as of 08/22/2012 3:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – From a slap in the face by an angry motorist, a drum and bugle band greeted traffic enforcer Saturnino “Sonny” Fabros as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recognized his cool composure amid the assault last August 11.

Fabros was welcomed by MMDA employees during a flag ceremony at the agency’s headquarters, with chairman Francis Tolentino giving him an award and plaque for being a role model not only for traffic enforcers, but also for motorists.

After thanking Tolentino for the recognition, Fabros seemed like an instant celebrity, judging from the throng of people who wanted to have a photo with him.

On Tuesday, about a dozen MMDA workers surprised Fabros by starting the repair and improvement of his two-story house in Quezon City.

Early this week, he was promoted to Traffic Constable 2 from Traffic Constable 1. He also received financial support and scholarships for his six children.

A number of Facebook pages have also been put up by Filipino Internet users to show their support for the traffic enforcer.

Meanwhile, Tolentino assured Fabros that he will be given legal assistance in his case against Robert Blair Carabuena, the Philip Morris executive who was caught on camera hitting and berating him. – With reports from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News and The Philippine Star