MANILA -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno early Sunday said the government would be filing charges against an SUV driver who hauled a traffic enforcer holding onto his vehicle in the streets of Manila.
The driver had a "criminal intent" to hurt or kill the member of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB), Moreno said as he urged the Land Transportation Office to revoke the driver's license of Orlando Ricardo Jr., a resident of Quezon City.
Ricardo disregarded lane marking, the penalty for which was P500, according to the victim Adrian Lim.
"May criminal mind eh, may criminal intent eh. Nakita ko winasiwas niya," Moreno said.
"Mas mahal pa ibabayad niya sa abogado niya. Pero sa P500 kaya niyang pumatay ng isang enforcer."
Moreno, meanwhile, said he was proud of the traffic enforcer.
"Itong mga MTPB maliit ang sweldo nito. Bagamat maliit ang sweldo nila, gusto nilang baguhin ang imahe nila," he said.
"Naawa ako. 'Yung kapit niya, hindi na kapit para hulihin siya eh, 'yun 'yung kapit para iligtas niya ang sarili niya."
The suspect also hit Lim twice, according to Sta. Cruz Police Station Commander Lt. Col. Reynaldo Magdaluyo.
The suspect, however, denied the claim.
"Hindi ko sinuntok, sir. Hawak-hawak niya 'yung upuan ko," he said.
"Parang nag-blankout lang ako. 'Di ho ako tumira. Nagulat lang po ako."