Coming soon: 'Kung Fu' MMDA traffic aides

Posted at 09/07/2012 5:44 PM | Updated as of 09/08/2012 11:58 AM

MMDA traffic personnel learn arnis, martial arts

MANILA, Philippines – Look out, Robert Blair Carabuena. The next time you confront an MMDA traffic enforcer, he may just be able to put up a fight that will put you down. 

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started to conduct martial arts training to equip its traffic enforcers with basic self-defense skills.

According to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, the martial arts training is aimed at protecting traffic enforcers against violent motorists and criminal elements. 

"Marami kasi na nago-object sa baril kaya batuta ang ibibigay sa kanila, martial arts para ma-build up din ang kanilang confidence", Tolentino said.    

A first batch of 50 traffic personnel underwent training on stick fighting or “arnis,” knife defense and hand-to-hand combat at the MMDA grounds in Makati City on Friday.

The training was conducted by martial arts experts from the Pasay City-based Modern Arnis Mano-Mano-Filipino Martial Arts.

Training all 1,600 traffic constables of the MMDA is expected to last for a month.

"We do not want thm to be aggressive and use their skills in abusing anyone. This is only for self-defense. At the same time, we want to show to the public that we can go to their aid and defend them in critical situations," said Tolentino.

MMDA has decided to equip their personnel with self-defense skills following incidents of violence involving abusive motorists, the recent of which involving Traffic Constable 2 Saturnino Fabros and motorist Robert Blair Carabuena in Quezon City.

Carabuena, who was caught on camera verbally and physically abusing Fabros, is facing charges for his actions.