Would you assault a traffic enforcement officer?

@toyota4k (1208)
Philippines
August 16, 2012 9:15am CST
Early this week, the incident involving a company executive, who, when stopped by a traffic enforcer got out of his car and physically hit at least a few times the apprehending officer and threatening him in the open. The video and pictures of the episode were posted in social sites. The officer is a member of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority or MMDA. As a result, there is an ongoing public outcry and the executive according to news will be sacked and his driver's license revoked. The officer is on leave w/ pay and a scholarship for his six daughters is in the process. The MMDA traffic enforcer is a single father who receives 8,000 pesos a month, equivalent to less than 200 USD.
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7 responses
@magtibaygom (4858)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
I won't assault a traffic enforcer, even when provoked. If the traffic enforcer is not doing the job well, I will just get a pen and paper, list down his name and deal with his superiors. That's the proper way to handle it.
@toyota4k (1208)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
Your response is a very civilized one. Carabuena, the exec's name meaning, "kind face" in Spanish is lucky, whose sense of propriety must have jacked him up due to his high profile figure that the officer happened to be a humble and not an abusive person who would put the law into his own hands.
@Paper_Doll (2373)
• Philippines
16 Aug 12
I saw the news this afternoon and was really disappointed on how this 'executive' treated him. I have watched the video a while ago and my disappointment was doubled. I don't know what made this executive acted that way but when I looked for some information about it, the father of the said executive said in an interview that it was the traffic enforcer who provoked his son. But the person who took the video said that the traffic enforcer officer was calm and just did his job during that time. If you have watched the said video, you will be shocked on how this executive behaved. I pity this traffic enforcer because he was really humiliated. He said in an interview that he wanted to cry because of humiliation. If I am in his shoes, I don't know if can just stand and let that big guy hit me even for once. I believe that the case against him was already filed and that he was already suspended from his job. I wonder why people like him think highly of themselves. This guy must really learn his lesson. Justice must be served.
@bellis716 (4799)
• United States
17 Aug 12
I hope that the officer was not badly hurt. Wonder what caused the co exec to hit the officer. A normal person would not do that without provocation.
@Fulltank (2882)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
It actually depends on the situation. In the above scenario, I think the executive is in the wrong side of the law. But, as we know not all traffic officers are good, there are few (or many) who are corrupt. If I know that I don't have any violation or whatsoever, I would easily knew if the traffic officer is simply wanted to have my money and not for my driver's license. In this case, I would like to do what the executive had done.
@DenverLC (1144)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
This isn't a new scene actually all over the world, but unfortunately the total picture was caught in a street surveillance video, a blessing in disguise. Sometimes, traffic enforcers are really irritating specially for those unreasonable ones, but I am more irritated with traffic violator who still has the guts to hurt those doing their jobs rightly...
@SIMPLYD (90836)
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Oh i hate that arrogant executive who assaulted that MMDA guy. If it is indeed true, those things you said about what will happen to the executive, then the MMDA guy will be vindicated. It will also serve as a lesson, to those people who belittles our road personnel. It's in the news just this afternoon, that the MMDA guy was promoted. It's a blessing in disguise, the said incident.
@toyota4k (1208)
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
You're right. This should warn motorists that traffic officers want to do their job. Without them would make traffic a mess and the more outraged motorists will feel.
@rsa101 (36651)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
This has been ongoing for the past three days or so. Although this happened last weekend. These executive is not suffering the consequences that he is even suspended by their company for creating a bad image for the company he works for. Now everybody is really bullying him on the net which really makes him very unpopular already. What he did was really wrong. I can accept verbal abuse but he got physical already which I think is really uncalled for at the moment. I think that he got overboard and a bit unlucky because he was documented by some onlookers. So he cannot deny this anymore and would tarnish his career and reputation all in all. I guess when dealing with MMDA we should still show them respect when cited for violation and defend ourselves if we think that we did not do any wrong. But going violent is not that way.