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MMDA suspends its 3 men involved in mauling of coconut vendor

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday placed under preventive suspension the three Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG) members caught on video beating up a young coconut vendor last Friday.

In a one-page memorandum signed by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the agency placed under 15-day preventive suspension the three personnel primarily involved in the incident that happened March 2 at the vicinity of Edsa-Evangelista footbridge (northbound), Pasay City.
The mauling incident was caught on video showing members of roadside clearing group mauling a young coconut vendor during their clearing operation in Pasay City on Friday.
The 2:30-minute video clip, posted by a netizen, went viral over the Internet.
Jojo Garcia, acting MMDA general manager, did not identify the three primary personnel, all on job order status, pending investigation of the incident.
“We will never tolerate this kind of action for whatever reason from our personnel,” said Garcia, during a press briefing yesterday.
Garcia said Lim ordered the legal department to investigate the incident.
“The SCOG personnel will be accorded due process,” he noted.
Moreover, Garcia said the MMDA will not interfere should the coconut vendor, identified as Romnick Relos, decide to file charges against the MMDA personnel.
“The employees should be responsible for their actions. It is the right of the victim to file a complaint against them. Definitely, the MMDA will not interfere or help them in anyway,” Garcia said.
The MMDA will also subject three personnel to a drug test.
But while the MMDA does not condone wrongdoing of the personnel, Garcia maintained that the agency cannot allow illegal vending on major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
Garcia pointed that agency’s clearing operation is only complying with the directive of President Duterte to clear major thoroughfares of road obstructions, including illegal vendors.
“The public has to understand our campaign to free major roads from obstruction. Any obstruction, especially along Edsa, will create traffic and chaos,” Garcia said.
The official said the MMDA is not against vendors trying to earn a living for their families but they have to confine themselves at appropriate areas where they are allowed to sell their products.
“We understand the plight of the vendors but we cannot just allow them wherever they want,” he said.

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