Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted January 09, 2015 08:15
Plans to put up five courts operating 24/7
Want to challenge an alleged violation levied by an MMDA enforcer? These soon to open ‘roadside courts’ of the MMDA will hear it and decide on it on the spot.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), through Chairman Francis Tolentino, has officially announced that five transportable courts open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will be opened up in key locations around Metro Manila.
“There will be five courts in prime areas like Edsa, Circumferential Road 5 (C5), Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Avenue and Roxas Boulevard,” said Tolentino.
These roadside courts will hear and decide on a variety of traffic-related cases including motorist complaints like extortion while MMDA enforcers may also raise the issue of bribery should that be the case.
Manned by lawyers and paralegals who will serve as receiving clerks and hearing officers, these courts will have the authority to make a decision on the spot and suspend an MMDA enforcer should he be proven guilty.
Chairman Tolentino assures the public that the hearing will be fair and impartial despite being an MMDA ‘roadside court.’
If an appeal is made by either party within 15 days, a ‘special jury’ made up of representatives from city bus operator groups, motoring associations, the clergy including teacher and student groups will convene to make a final decision.
This stems from the incident involving four traffic constables apprehended by the Quezon City Police Department on accusations of extortion by a motorist along Commonwealth Avenue. All four have been suspended, while one is currently detained by Anonas police.