Rule of thumb – never bluff your way into a ‘not guilty’ plea – this is, at least, in cases under the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP) of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Almost three weeks into the implementation of the NCAP and a few days after the launch of the ‘Na-HuliCAM Ka Ba?’ online database, the MMDA had yet entertain challenges to the citations and charges against erring motorists until two public utility (PUB) drivers mustered the courage to walk up to the MDMA office and challenge their respective violations.

The drivers, one from Solid North bus company and the other from Five Star bus company, initially challenged their respective citations but cancelled the trip to the MMDA’s Traffic Adjudication Board after viewing video footage that showed them committing the violation.

Both drivers were caught on one of the MMDA’s CCTV cameras loading and unloading passengers illegally along EDSA in Quezon City last week.

“Nung nakita na nila ‘yung video eh ‘di na nagpunta sa Traffic Adjudication Board at dumiretso na sa redemption center at nagbayad ng penalty,” said MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos.

Both drivers were fined Php 500 for the violation.