On Monday, the Manila local government honored the traffic enforcer who was videotaped being assaulted by a female traffic violator last week.
During the flag-raising ceremony, the local government recognized Marcus Anzures of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau for his loyalty as a law enforcer and his patience even though the situation has reached a physical point.
In the video that went viral last week, Anzures can be seen punched, shouted at, and threatened by a woman he arrested for beating the red light.
According to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Anzures is a good example for co-workers in their office, who were previously involved in some corruption, to follow.
The enforcer also received a cash reward for his family.
“Bagama’t napakahirap ng kaniyang tungkulin, maaaring makapagbigay ng init ng ulo sa kaniya o maaaring siya’y lumabag sa batas at umiral ang personal na damdamin, ngunit ang lahat ng ‘yon, isinantabi niya,” said Domagoso.
In the police report, it was said that Pauline Mae Altamirano was driving the SUV violated the traffic signal, so the enforcer of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) stopped her.
But instead of stopping, the motorist allegedly continued to drive, so he chased after him.
Assaulted Manila traffic enforcer honored
When caught, she was asked for a license. But the woman allegedly did not have a license, so the traffic enforcer took the OR/CR of the vehicle.
The woman was angry when the OR/CR was not returned to her, so she insisted on taking it from the enforcer.
When the female driver entered the vehicle, she even grabbed the enforcer in uniform and kept shouting.
In the viral video on social media, there was even a chance that the woman kicked the traffic enforcer.
Further investigation revealed that the woman was also a drug courier. Altamirano revealed that the drugs seized from her bag came from her Chinese lover.
The MPD said that apart from the woman being the driver, the arrested members of the drug group used the rented vehicles to change vehicles and not be followed by the authorities quickly.