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Orbos warns public on bogus MMDA personnel soliciting money

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority  general manager Tim Orbos yesterday urged the public to be wary of unscrupulous individuals posing as MMDA employees who are soliciting money for events organized supposedly by the agency.
Orbos issued the warning after authorities recently arrested a bogus MMDA traffic supervisor in the municipality of Pateros during an authorized entrapment operation of MMDA.
“We have not authorized any employee to solicit money or any donation of any kind from the public. The public should be discerning and extra careful of such illicit activities, especially when it involves valuables or even money changing hands,” the MMDA official said.
Orbos said in the past, persons who have already been dismissed from the agency were the ones who had been caught in sting operations launched by MMDA.
“We are also calling on the public to be vigilant and urge them to report such illegal activities to our office so we can swiftly act on them,” he said.   
Last April 18, Pateros policemen, along with MMDA action officer Nelson Magan, nabbed Sonny Silverio around 7:30 p.m. in Barangay San Roque, Pateros after Joel Reyes, a former councilor, reported to authorities that the suspect came to him at his house and solicited P1,500 for an alleged fun run organized by the agency.
Reyes phoned and asked Magan if there was a certain Sonny Silverio who introduced himself as a supervisor at the Sector 1 of MMDA’s Traffic Discipline Office (TDO), currently employed at the agency.
After a quick check, Magan told Reyes that Silverio was not included in the roster of MMDA employees, telling the former councilor to stall and keep the suspect from leaving until they arrived at the place.
Authorities nabbed Silverio right after Reyes handed over the money to the suspect.
When frisked, police discovered from Silverio’s possession several stickers bearing MMDA logo inside a bag and a fake MMDA ID.
Magan said the office of Mayor Miguel Ponce has been receiving several complaints regarding Silverio’s modus operandi.
On March 31, 2017, businesswoman Marlene Quibe of Barangay Western Bicutan, Taguig City filed a complaint before MMDA-TDO against Silverio who came to her asking for P6,600 for allegedly a boodle fight of MMDA employees at Sector 1.
In exchange for the money, Silverio promised to give Quibe, who owns a water refilling station, 25 MMDA stickers to exempt her vehicles from being towed.
However, after giving Silverio the money, Quibe said the suspect only gave her nine pieces of the MMDA stickers.
Quibe later learned that the agency was not issuing any stickers to exempt private vehicles from being towed for any traffic infraction.   
Silverio, now detained at the Pateros municipal jail, is now facing extortion and usurpation of authority charges.  

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