Sacked MMDA enforcer nabbed anew for extortion

MANILA The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday clarified that the traffic enforcer, who was recently arrested, is no longer connected with the agency due to the same charge of robbery-extortion.

MMDA spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said Tristan S. Bello, a former job order traffic enforcer for the Eastern Traffic Enforcement District of MMDA's Traffic Discipline Office, has been terminated since December 31, 2018.

Wala na po ito sa serbisyo (He is not part of the service), Pialago said in a message sent to reporters.

Edsa special traffic and transport zone head Edison Nebrija said they worked together with San Juan City Vice Mayor Warren Villa in Bello's arrest to rid Metro Manila of extortionists�including those within their ranks.

Unti-unti na talaga namin nililinis yung hanay namin (We're slowly cleaning our ranks) of these rotten tomatoes and then again, ang problema niyan kapag nakaalis ginagamit yung uniform, yung ID para makapangotong (the problem here is when they are removed, they use their uniforms and their ID for extortion), Nebrija said in an interview in Pasay City.

Nebrija said illicit schemes can be performed by anyone wearing an enforcer's attire.

They have all the complete attire to do that, yung mga props nila�may vest pa nga eh. So, nakakalungkot (they have props�they even have vests. So, it's saddening), Nebrija said.

He added Bello is now in the custody of the San Juan City police after arrested in a sting operation led by the city's vice mayor at about 9 p.m. Monday.

In a video posted by Villa on Facebook, Bello was nabbed by the police following his previous attempt to extort money from the chairman of the city's Sangguniang Kabataan.

Bello, who denied all accusations, is facing charges of robbery-extortion and usurpation of authority. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency