Photo source: INQUIRER / Leo M. Sabangan II
The Land Transportation Office, last January 5, appealed to the public to not offer bribes or any monetary favors to traffic enforcers. Instead, they urge the public to respect the authority of its enforcers when pulled over for traffic violations.
LTO chief Jose Arturo Tugade said in a statement: “Offering bribes to our law enforcers will not get you anywhere and will make things worse. Wala pong tiwali kung walang mag-uudyok na maging tiwali. Magtulungan po tayo [There is no corruption if there is no one encouraging corruption. Let’s work together]”
The appeal proceeded from an incident in Sorsogon City where an enforcer apprehended a van driver who was engaged in colorum operation. The driver tried to bribe the enforcers with P3000 but was later arrested for bribery.
“The entire LTO and myself laud the actions of our noble traffic enforcers for refusing to accept the alleged bribery attempt, for standing firm in enforcing the law and not be tempted by acts of corruption. They are exceptional public servants that should be emulated by everyone,” Tugade said.