Manila honors traffic enforcer who remained calm despite assault by female driver

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Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday gave recognition to a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer who kept his cool while being assaulted by a female traffic law violator.

Domagoso said it was admirable that Marcos Anzures Jr. remained calm despite being hurt, shouted at, and cursed by 26-year-old suspect Pauline Mae Altamirano, who claimed she is a model and a resident of Taguig City and Calamba, Laguna.

Altamirano, who beat the red light in Malate on May 27, 2021 and was without a driver’s license, was confirmed to be a drug courier by Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr., chief of the Manila Police District’s Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD SMaRT).

The video of the outraged Altamirano and the calm Anzures went viral.

“We recognize MTPB enforcer Marcos Anzures Jr. for showing maximum tolerance toward a traffic violator who harmed him,” Domagoso said in Filipino during a ceremony at the Kartilya ng Katipunan.

“In an investigation by the MPD, this woman was found to have cohorts. We arrested three drug pushers. The woman was found to be a drug courier),” Domagoso added also in Filipino.

The three suspects were apprehended by the MPD and the Drug Enforcement Unit at the Kartilya ng Katipunan on Friday, the day after the Altamirano incident.

They were identified as Rendor Sanchez, 30; Leopoldo Salamero, 20; and Marlon De Guzman, 29, all residents of Calamba.

Altamirano and the trio all tested positive for illegal drugs, according to the MPD-Smart.

Domagoso said Anzures enhanced the credibility of that MTPB that has been hounded by anomalies and corruption in the past.

“He performed his obligation in serving the people with patience and understanding, that is why it is right to recognize him as a good example of a public servant, that the MTPB enforcers can change and perform their jobs well,” Domagoso said in Filipino.

Domagoso also recognized other employees of the city government for their exemplary service and encouraged other public servants to do the same.

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