MMDA personnel, buko vendor test negative for drugs

Aleta Nieva Nishimori, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 06 2018 11:57 AM

MANILA - Thirteen enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority involved in the alleged mauling of a coconut vendor in Pasay City tested negative for illegal drugs, the MMDA said Tuesday. 

"Negative lahat," said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

He said coconut vendor Romnick Relos also tested negative for drugs.

On Monday, the MMDA suspended three personnel involved in the violent incident last Friday, March 2. The sidewalk clearing operation turned violent after Relos resisted when the MMDA was confiscating his wares.

The incident was also caught on camera and has been uploaded on social media.

Garcia said the MMDA strictly implements maximum tolerance and does not condone the wrongdoing of its personnel.

But the MMDA is not entirely blaming its men for the violence, saying the vendor too has been warned on several occasions.

"I am not trying to condemn or put down Romnick but I asked him if he was already cited for violations before and he said no. We have pictures in July 8, 2017 that he was already apprehended and warned," Garcia said.

The MMDA official told media that they have pictures and videos to prove it.

"We have pictures and video na napagsabihan na siya but still it is no reason for enforcers to hit Romnick," Garcia said.