Motorist accused of threatening MMDA aide


Posted at Sep 22 2012 01:52 AM | Updated as of Sep 22 2012 09:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A 48-year-old businessman has been accused of threatening a traffic enforcer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) with a gun.

The suspect, indentified as Samson Rivero, allegedly threatened to draw his gun after he was apprehended by MMDA traffic constable Danilo Dagunot on Friday for violating the use of commemorative license plates.

According to Dagunot, Rivero introduced himself as a member of the Philippine National Police and appeared to reach for his weapon, prompting the traffic aide to flee the scene.

Dagunot then sought help from a Mandaluyong police officer.

Rivero was arrested by police, but he denied that he was hostile in dealing with Dagunot.

He also denied that he introduced himself as a police officer.

Rivero, a resident of Baclaran, Parañaque, was driving a BMW sedan with a National Bureau of Investigation commemorative plate.

He is facing charges of life threat and usurpation of authority. -- Reports from Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM; Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News