MMDA suspends personnel caught beating up coconut vendor

Michaela Andrea
PUBLISHED March 6, 2018 11:38 am | UPDATED March 7, 2018 03:35 pm
Photo from Mhean Capaycapay

(Inside Manila) Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday, March 5, suspended three of its personnel after beating up a coconut vendor.

As seen in a two-minute viral social media video, three MMDA personnel were trying to confiscate the cart of a buko vendor for allegedly selling at an unauthorized area in Pasay City on March 2.

The members of the MMDA Roadside Clearing Group was seen using force on the vendor who was trying to save his cart from being seized. The men also tried to tie up the vendor to stop him from resisting. 

In the memorandum signed by MMDA chairperson Danilo Lim, the three men involved had been placed under a 15-day preventive suspension. They will also be subject to a drug test.

According to MMDA general manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr., the agency will not tolerate the action of their men.

“We will never tolerate this kind of action for whatever reason from our personnel. These personnel will be accorded due process,” Garcia said.

“The employees should be responsible for their actions. It is the right of the victim to file a complaint against them. Definitely, the MMDA will not interfere or help them in any way,” he added.

Meanwhile, MMDA said that they will still not allow illegal vending on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to clear roads from obstructions.

“The public has to understand our campaign to free major roads from obstruction. Any obstruction, especially along Edsa, will create traffic and chaos,” the general manager said.



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