Man points gun at traffic enforcer

Posted at 08/02/12 4:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A man was arrested Thursday for pointing a gun at a traffic enforcer in EDSA-Mandaluyong.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic constable Jerry Torres said he was issuing a traffic violation ticket to a bus driver when the suspect, identified as Roeslan Ekong, repeatedly honked his horn because the bus was blocking his vehicle.

Torres claimed that after issuing the violation ticket, he approached Ekong’s Toyota Avanza to apologize.

Ekong then cursed him and claimed he was a member of the Military Intelligence Group.

The suspect also claimed he was about to have a meeting with MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino. Torres said Ekong also threatened to have him removed from work due to his supposed connections to the MMDA chief.

Tolentino later denied that he was supposed to meet Ekong.

Aside from name-dropping Tolentino, Ekong also reportedly showed a mission order from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Torres said Ekong then pulled his gun and pointed it at him.

Ekong was arrested after Torres sought the help of fellow traffic enforcers.

Chief Inspector Carlito Canlas of Mandaluyong Police said Ekong had no permit to carry his .45-caliber pistol. The firearm was also not licensed to be carried outside his residence.

This was not the first time that an MMDA traffic enforcer encountered a violent motorist. Last September 2011, a traffic enforcer was shot by a disgruntled motorist underneath Santolan bridge.– report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM