Erring drivers in Makati City got away with traffic violations Wednesday after promising cops they would become eye donors.
Traffic policemen in the business district on Wednesday flagged down violating drivers, but before handing over their violation tickets, they were asked if they want to become eye donors instead.
Tricycle driver Julio, who was caught violating a traffic regulation at the corner of Buendia and Ayala avenues, was stopped and approached by Senior Police Officer 2 Melchor Calooy.
Mang Julio was expecting a violation ticket, but was surprised when Calooy asked if he would like to donate his eyes.
"Mayroon kaming kampanya dito ngayon. Iyong tiket mo sagot ko, basta i-donate mo ang mata mo," Calooy told the tricycle driver, who first thought the police officer was going to take out his eye.
The police officer explained to Mang Julio that Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines will claim his eyes only after he dies.
Calooy was able to convince 10 eye donors, including the tricycle driver.
Other traffic enforcers around Makati City were ordered to do the same. Some enforcers, in fact, signed in as donors.
Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz, Makati City police chief, said the police station thought of the campaign to help the foundation look for eye donors.
Dr. Minguita Padilla, president of the Eye Bank Foundation, expressed her gratitude to the Makati City police for coming up with the campaign.
She said "everybody can be a hero" by donating their eyes for blind people.