MANILA - A car owner is asking Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte to fire QC traffic czar Ariel Inton for breaking his car window in an effort to tow his vehicle.
Inton, officer-in-charge of the city's Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management, was caught on video using what appeared to be a tire wrench to break the window of the car before it was towed away from the parking area in front of a condominium building.
"Ka Ed," owner of the 29-year-old vehicle, said he does not know the current whereabouts of the car and that he has not received any notice about its towing.
"Yung ganitong pang-aapi, aroganteng asal na hindi po dapat manatili sa gobyerno at dapat po siyang tanggalin agad," he told radio DZMM.
(This kind of oppressive and arrogant behavior should not be allowed to stay in government and should be removed immediately.)
"Yung isang magandang-magandang sasakyan na hinatak niya, hindi naman po niya binasag eh. 'Yung sasakyan kong luma na at akala niya po siguro ako ay taong ordinary lamang at siguro pananaw niya mahirap lang ito, hindi makakalaban, eh napag-initan po ang aking sasakyan."
(He did not break a good-looking car that he towed. My car which was old and maybe he thought I was an ordinary citizen who was probably poor and cannot fight back.)
Inton earlier apologized for breaking the car's window and said he "overdid" it.
"Ka Ed," however, said he has already filed a carjacking complaint against Inton. He said his lawyers are also preparing to file administrative charges against the official before the Office of the Ombudsman for grave abuse of authority.
"Itong pagkuha ng sasakyan ko ay isang pagka-carnap talaga sapagkat wala po siyang basehan para kunin po ito," he said.
(The towing of my vehicle is really carnapping because they had no basis to take it.)
"Ang carnapping ayon sa batas ay taking without consent, against the will of the owner, and taking with intent to gain. 'Yung gain po dito is not about the car but to gain popularity. The way I see it po, the act itself that he displayed is napaka-arogante, whimsical, capricious and oppressive po."
(Carnapping, according to law, is taking without consent, against the will of the owner, and taking with intent to gain. The gain here is not about the car but to gain popularity. The way I see it, the act itself that he displayed is arrogant, whimsical, capricious and oppressive.)
Inton earlier said a 2004 city ordinance allows local authorities to confiscate vehicles parked on streets and other public places. Under the same local law, illegally parked vehicles "shall be treated as common or ordinary garbage and shall be disposed of as such," he added.
"Ka Ed", however, said his car was not illegally parked.
"Ito po ay hindi po naka-park sa bangketa at hindi po nakapark sa kalye. Ang pagkakaalam ko po sa QC government 'yan. Nagagamit ng mga nakatira sa condominium so isa po kami sa nakakapagpark sa tapat ng building na iyan," he said.
(It was not parked on the sidewalk, on the street. As far as I know it's owned by the QC government. Residents of the condominium can use it so we are one of those who could park in front of that building.)
"Sa tagal na pong nagpapark…wala po kaming alam na ayaw po nila paparadahahan."
(For the longest time we've parked there, we are not aware that parking is not allowed there.)