This information is circulating on emails lately. I find this very informative especially if you drive along Metro Manila and has been abused by MMDA, MAPSA and other local traffic kotong operatives.. Itís originally entitled ďHow you can challenge petty abuses of MMDA personnelÖĒ

I just reached my limit last week-end, and decided to take action against the abusive MMDA enforcers. I basically called up the MMDA head office and inquired from the Personnel Officer, Antonio Pagulayan, to clarify their policies. Here is what I got.

If any of these abuses seem familiar to you, Mr. Pagulayan has asked that you call either the MMDA hotline (136) or call the METRO BASE at 0920-938-9861 or 0920-938-9875 and ask for an Inspectorate. They will send inspectors to the place where these MMDA officers are extorting, even while you are arguing out of your apprehension.

MMDA in the Middle of EDSA1. MMDA officers are not allowed to group together in order to apprehend.

They are not even allowed to stand together in groups of 2 or more. The only time they are allowed to work together is for special operations (probably when they apprehend groups of buses for smoke belching);

2. Swerving IS NOT a traffic violation. Moving one lane to the left or right is not swerving, no matter where on the road you do it. And it is even less of a violation when you do it with a signal. Swerving is defined as shifting 2 or more lanes very quickly. So you can argue your way out of this, and call the Metro Base for help;

Buses outside the Yellow Lane3. Sadly, using the yellow lane is a traffic violation and will get you a ticket. However, buses are really not allowed to go out of the yellowlane, so if you see selective apprehension of private cars only, you may complain;

4. MMDA has confirmed that your license MAY NOT BE CONFISCATED at a traffic apprehension. The only time they can do so is if you are part of an accident, or it is your third violation and you have not settled your fines yet. They are only allowed to give you a ticket, which you can contest. He recommends actually receiving the ticket in some instances, so that you can report the officer who did it.

Also, you are free to ask any of these officers for their ďmission orderĒ, which is written by their supervisor. If they apprehend you for a violation that is not in their mission order for the day, you can report them and they will receive disciplinary action.

So go out and enjoy! And drive safely!!!

  • menard

    ako kakahuli lng knina…magkano ba bayad pag obstraction violation?…tarantadong mga mmda sa NLEX
    nag overtake lng ako sandali..tas nde agad ako nakabalik sa trak lane…hinuli agad ako…me camera pa!!…e wala p nga 30 sec. yun pinanood ko n vid e….pwde kya yun ireklamo?.

  • Russel

    nahuli ako kanina. sayang kung alam ko ‘to hnd sana ako natikitan. anyway thanks for the info

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  • http://www.helenarsenia.com helen arsenia

    isa din akong motorista pero naintindihan hindi lahat ng enforcer ay nangongotng, minsan mas gusto nmin motorista magbgay na lng tutal ksalanan namn namin un wag lng clang abusado….

  • http://twitter.com/jasperdiaz Jasper Diaz

    My brother was a victim of this particular “violation” (kuno) earlier today! I will tweet about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjglopez Michael John Gonzalez Lopez

    Ako, twice nahuli ng MMDA for Swerving sa Manila. Warning + 50 pesos kotong daw… Now I know.

  • Wert

    Wala na ba tayong magagawa kundi magreklamo? Pahiramin nyo ko ng baril nyo at titirahin ko ang mga hayop na yan para mabawasan ang kampon ni satanas.

  • Vikvik

    Hi guys,

    After reading this article, I called up immediately the number, 136.¬† I ask if swerving is a VIOLATION or NOT.¬† The officer said IT IS A VIOLATION.¬† I ask again, when did they made this a violation?¬† He replied, “simula nang magkaroon ng sasakyan. Simula pa nung unang chairman”!¬†

    My advice is just follow the traffic rules, keep cool, and be careful driving in the “jungle”.¬†

    May the grace be with you all.

    Vikvik

  • BUGOY

    NGAYONG ARAW ¬†NA TO NAPATUNAYAN KO TALAGA NA BWAYA TALAGA ANG MGA TRAFFIC ENFORCERS NA YAN. NAGKAYAYAAN KAMI NG MGA KAIBIGAN KO NA KUMAEN SA MOA. HABANG NG DRIDRIVE AKO ALONG COASTAL ROAD MERON BAGONG “KALIWAAN” DAAN DW UN PAPAUNTANG MOA?!? NASA BANDANG KALIWA AQ NUN NUNG NAKITA KO UNGMGA CONES AT “KALIWAAN” NG MENOR NA AQ AT SABAY BIGLANG SENYAS SA KANAN DAHIL HINDI KO ALAM YUNG LUGAR NA PAPUNTA SA KALIWAAN. PAGKA KANAN KO BIGLA AKONG PINARA NG ISANG TRAFFIC ENFORCER SABE NYA SIR WRECKLESS DRIVING PO KAYO SABE KO NMN SIR LAGI AKONG DUMADAAN D2 HINDI KO NMN NAPAPANSIN YNG BAGONG “KALIWAAN” PAPUNTANG MOA SABI NYA LISENSYA AT REHISTRO EDI BINIGAY KO TAPOS SABE NYA SER MEDYO MALAKI PO GAGASTUSIN NYO D2 AT SA Q,C PA DW MAKUKUHA UNG LISENYSYA AT ME SEMINAR PA. SABI KO BAKA PWEDENG WARNING NLNG MUNA SABI NYA HINDI PO PWEDE SBE NYA “ANO PO GUSTO NYONG GAWIN NATIN” IT MEANS GUSTO NYO BA MAGBAYAD ????? EDI AABUTUAN KO NA SIYA BIGLA NYA SINABE SER ” WG NYO PO IABOT SAKIN ANG PERA AKO NLNG KUKUHA KASI ME “CCTV DW” ¬†UNA SINABE KO PWEDE BNG 300 NLNG KC AS IN WLA TLGA AQNG PERA SABE NYA KUNIN KO NLNG DW SA Q.C SA SOBRANG INISIP KO TGA LP PA AQ AT STUDENT LANG AQ WLA AQNG PANAHON PUMUNTA SA Q.C KAYA WLA NA QNG CHOICE KUNDI BINIGAY KO LAHAT NG PERA KO SAKANYA NA WORTH 500 PESOS YUN NLNG PERA Q SA WALLET. KUNG SINO MAN YUNG BWAYA NA PULIS NA YUN “””POTANGINA MO MAMATAY KA SA IMPYERNO””””””!!!!!! ¬†WLA NA NGANG PERA UNG TAO PIPILITIN MO PARIN AQ SANA “”””MABANGA NG TEN WHEELER TRUCK YUNG MOTOR MO ” POATANGINA MO KANG BWAYA KA!!!!!!!! ¬†DUN SA MGA NG GALING LASPINAS PAPUNTANG MOA OR MACAPAGAL MAGINGAT KAYO SA COASTAL ME MALAKING BWAYA NA NAG BABANTAY DYAN DUN SA MGA MAHUHULI PLEASE PAKISUMBONG SA PULIS YNG ENFORCER NA YN PARA MASIBAK NA SYA AT PARA MABAWASAN ANG BWAYA DI2 SA METRO MANILA. THIS HAPPENED FEBUARY 10 2012. INGAT KAYO GUYS. THX FOR READING.

  • Granarlan

    meron ba talaga traffic violation na dis obedience?

    pauwi na po kami galing PICC noong sunday papunta ako ng buendia nag u turn ako sa tapat ng hyundai motors at kumanan pa buendia.. sa pag kanan ko ay meron palang traffic enforcer at tinawag ako.. sinabi sa akin na disobedient daw ang pagliko ko at pwde mag cause ng accident.. hindi ko alam kung bkit nagong mali ang pag liko ko.. bago ako lumiko at nag signal naman ako.. tapos nag pakita nga ng mission order pero ang ipinakita lang sa akin ay ang babayaran ko na 2500 sa office nila dahil sa violation na DIS OBEDIENCE.. sabi ko sa enforcer na wala akong pera na ganyan (2500) sabi nya pwde naman daw pag usapan.. so i end up giving him 100 pesos…. inisip ko na lang na pang miryenda nya… tsk…..

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  • Kwan_do_kwan

    pasensya na off topic….kung isinulat ito gamit ang phone ok lang sigurto pero santissima naman! malamang sa PC or laptop it isinuat paki ayos naman ng pagtype

  • butz28

    My fiance’andI have this experienced last Dec.30,2012, we we’re driving along pasay coastal road and the moment we are about to turn right to edsa ginitgit kami ng jeep so my fiance’ did signal to the right para mag give way yung jeep na gumigitgit samin. The traffic enforcer saw us having these difficult situation turning to the right akala namin tutulungan nila kami to our dismay, they asked for my fiance’s licence then accused us of swerving. I can still recall their surnames printed on their sleeves, Mr.J. Rapon and Mr. Pasahol. Narinig pa namin ang sabi nila saying “wow!ang gandang kotse ah!”

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  • kelo

    susundo kami sa isang kapatid ko sa terminal 2, we are reading the signs where to go to terminal 2, then we shift lane following the Sign “terminal 2″, as we turned right a men in blue ask us to stop. in shock, we ask what our violation was. He termed the violation “SUDDEN CHANGE OF LANE (swerving as we know it).he asked for my license, newbie on the road i offer my license. the officer told us a lot of things. that i can claim my license at lto makati, and need to pay Php650 for the violation. my brother and my sister along with me, only had a student permit, so in shock, we were ask by the officer “mam,sir habang di ko pa nasusulatan ang ticket may gusto ba kayong gawin?” so then it was settled by P200.

  • Very Angry Motorist

    Tang-ina talaga yang mga traffic enforcers na yan. Nabiktima rin ako nitong swerving violation na ito. Sabi pa 2000 daw ang fine tsaka may seminar kasi reckless driving daw. Now I know better. Good idea to ask for the mission order para makuha mo ang name at mai-report sa MMDA. Pero pay ni-report ba is the MMDA going to do anything about it? For all you know kasama rin sa racket yung pinagsumbungan mo

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  • JoeWolf

    Ingat kayo dyan along Julia Vargas going to SM Megamall, maraming nagkukumpulang buwaya dyan, nabiktima ako ngayon.

  • Porosak Carmona

    Hinuli din me NG swerving dyan

  • Bernadette Alandy Uriarte

    nabiktima ako kahapon ng swerving violation na yan pero me signal nmn ako, omg hnd pla sya violation at hnd pla sila pwd mag confiscate ng lisensya pero khapon lang near macapagal road sapilitan nila confiscate lisensya ko pra wla na lang talo eh ngbgay nlng ng pera at ngmmdali kmi at ssundo sa airport…taena mga buwaya yan…pinapkain sa anak nila galing sa msma..

  • Bernadette Alandy Uriarte

    gnyan din nangyari sa akin khapon going to terminal 2…. grabe sila…

  • Bernadette Alandy Uriarte

    gnyan nangyari sa akin khpon going to moa…. buwaya traffic enforcer n yan…imbes n mgbgay aq ng 750 ginwa ng sis ko ung pera kinapalan nya ng tiklop since hnd nmn nya un titingnan agad imbes n 750 we ended up paying 250…