MMDA man holds back tears, explains why he sells 'kakanin'

Posted at Nov 11 2014 01:35 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2014 01:22 AM

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MANILA - The MMDA honors a traffic enforcer whose photos have gone viral on social media.

In the pictures, Fernando Gonzales is seen selling rice cakes to motorists along EDSA.

Although some criticized him for selling the snacks during work hours, others praised him for his honest way of augmenting his income instead of resorting to extortion.

Gonzales earns 15,000 pesos a month, which he says is not enough to put his children through school.

"Minsan pag humihingi sila, di ko alam kung saan sila kukuha kaya po nag-isip ako nang paraan. Sinabi po ni misis marunong siyang magluto ng kakanin," he said.

"Masama ang loob ko kapag isang bata nanghihingi, hindi ko alam kung saan ako kukuha. Sasabihin ko sa kanya mamaya na, utang muna tayo sa tindahan."

"Mas maganda ho bilang isang ama, kung meron silang kailangan meron akong ibibigay."

He added that he purposely avoids situations where he is tempted to use his position to extort money from motorists.