It seems the tables have turned in Pasig.
Select Pasig City traffic enforcers have just been ticketed and had their vehicles impounded after they were caught driving without or with an expired driver's license. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said that several enforcers were given violation tickets after the chief of traffic operations in Pasig, Ronnie Fernandez, conducted a surprise inspection on traffic enforcers in the city.
“Sa wikang Ingles, may tinatawag tayong "Impunity" – ang kawalan ng pananagutan para sa mga taong nasa posisyon o kapangyarihan. Hindi tayo papayag na may impunity sa ating mga ranggo. Kung nakagawian dati na exempted ang mga naka uniporme sa batas trapiko, babaguhin natin yan ngayon,” said Sotto.
[In English, there is something called “impunity” – the exemption from punishment for those in position or in power. We won't allow impunity in our ranks. If those in uniform were exempted from traffic laws before, we will change that.]
Sotto adds that those in uniform, such as traffic enforcers, should uphold higher standards. More importantly, they should follow the rules and regulations that they themselves set out to implement to the general public.
Hopefully, other cities around the country follow in the footsteps of Pasig City and Mayor Vico Sotto. This way, officials can ensure that their traffic enforcers and other personnel in uniform are kept in check to have the credibility to enforce the rules they are tasked to do.