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MMDA to press charges against ‘5 minutes’ prosecutor despite apology

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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push through with filing of cases against the female motorist who argued with traffic enforcers over an illegal parking violation despite her and her husband’s apology.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago on Thursday said that while the agency has accepted the couple’s apology, she cannot be let off the hook for what she did.

“Lahat po ng puwedeng ikaso, nasa legal department na ho natin,” she said in a radio interview.

The female driver, who works as a prosecutor at the Department of Justice, became viral after a video of her arguing with traffic enforcers was uploaded on Facebook by a blogger known as “Gadget Addict.”

In the video, the woman can be seen demanding for five minutes when MMDA enforcers asked for her driver’s license for the traffic violation ticket.

She raised her voice at the traffic enforcers when they continued to ask for her license.

The MMDA gives drivers a five-minute notice before their vehicles are towed for a parking violation.

If the driver is not around, the vehicle is towed. But if the driver shows up, a traffic violation ticket is issued.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia earlier said a complaint for the revocation or cancellation of the female motorist’s driver’s license has been filed with the Land Transportation Office.

She will also be facing a criminal charge for direct assault for hitting a traffic constable’s car.

Garcia said the motorist may also be slapped with administrative sanctions by the Department of Justice.

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