MANILA (UPDATED) — The woman arrested Thursday for hurting a traffic enforcer turned out to be a "drug courier," the city of Manila's public information office said Friday, citing a report by the Manila Police District Special Mayor's Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT).
MPD-SMaRT chief Col. Rosalino Ibay said they discovered illegal drugs in the suspect's belongings. Police also checked the woman's cellphone and found out she was about to deliver drugs to her alleged clients.
Four other individuals were arrested in a follow-up operation in Ermita, Manila Friday. The police seized 5 grams of shabu worth P34,000 from the suspects.
The 4 suspects admitted they went to Manila from Calamba, Laguna just to supposedly get the drugs from the woman.
"Pinakuha po sa akin, Yung drugs po nasa bag po," one of the suspects said.
(Someone asked me to get the drugs. They are in the bag.)
The 4 suspects are facing charges related to illegal drugs peddling, according to authorities.
The woman in the viral video said she was under the influence of drugs when the altercation happened.
She was supposedly defensive and tried to evade the traffic enforcer because she was about to deliver the drugs she had that time to Pasig City, in exchange of kush.
"Nakikiusap naman ako ng maayos, ayaw niya talaga eh. Hanggang napikon na ako nasuntok ko sya," she explained, noting that she regretted the incident.
(I was talking to him nicely but he refused. I was irate until I punched him.)
Authorities have filed complaints of direct assault, disobedience to persons in authority, and driving without license against the woman in the viral video.
The woman was accosted on Thursday morning in Osmeña Highway for allegedly beating the red light.
Traffic enforcer Marcus Anzures chased her car and when cornered, the woman only provided a photocopy of her driver's license.
The woman turned violent when Anzures asked for the OR-CR of the vehicle she was driving.
— With a report from Wheng Hidalgo, ABS-CBN News