Metropolitan Manila Development Authority - Criticisms Regarding Abuse of Power, Extortion and Blackmail

Criticisms Regarding Abuse of Power, Extortion and Blackmail

Their MMDA traffic enforcers are notorious for their blatant abuse of authority regarding traffic rules and enforcement, most often resulting to extortion, red tape and blackmail, using most often trumped up laws as an excuse to hold motorists on the road, and coerce the victim into paying exorbitant fees as an escape from getting a ticket and having their driver's licenses held at their offices.,. Please note that the MMDA are now no longer allowed to hold a motorists license, except if a motorist/driver is involved in an accident, or, the motorist is a repeat offender, having three violations for the same count without having paid their previous fines and the violations as listed on this traffic fine list from the MMDA webpage. They can only ask for your license to list your name on the ticket and are required to return them ASAP.

Also a common sight is a horde of their enforcers grouped together to make their bullying more effective. MMDA officers are not allowed to group together in order to apprehend. They are not even allowed to stand together in groups of 2 or more. The only time they are allowed to work together is for special operations. Time and again the MMDA has been lambasted by local TV News programs and print media for their abuse of power and inefficacy.

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