Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso — along with Vice Mayor Dr. Maria Sheilah ‘Honey’ Lacuna-Pangan — presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer Marcos Anzures Jr. after the LGU’s flag raising ceremony on Monday, May 31. MTPB chief Dennis Viaje also signed the commendation for the traffic enforcer.

Domagoso lauded Anzures, 35, for exercising maximum tolerance even when he was physically and verbally abused by 26-year-old model Pauline Mae Altamirano after he had flagged her down for violating traffic rules last week.

The mayor had this to say about Anzures: “Kinilala n’ya ang kanyang tungkulin na maglingkod sa kapwa na may mahabang pasensya at pag-unawa. Bagay lamang na atin s’yang ipakilala bilang isang magandang halimbawa ng lingkod bayan.”

Domagoso added that he hoped there would be more MTPB enforcers like Anzures. “Ang Lungsod ng Maynila at ang lahat na bumubuo ng MTPB ay ikinararangal at pinupuri ka sa dedikasyon at paglilingkod para sa publiko,” he told the traffic enforcer. Anzures’ encounter with Altamirano happened sometime past 8 a.m. on May 27. The traffic enforcer flagged down Altamirano, who was driving a white Toyota Fortuner, beating the red light on Osmeña Highway corner San Andres Street in Malate. However, she didn’t stop and continued to drive.

Anzures and fellow traffic enforcer Rowell Echalar finally caught up with Altamirano at the corner of Estrada Street. When Anzures asked her to present her driver’s license, she refused. Instead, she presented a photocopy of the vehicle’s Official Registration/Certificate of Registration (OR/CR). When the traffic enforcers asked her to follow them to the impounding area, she refused, got out of the vehicle, and assaulted Anzures. A video clip showed the traffic enforcer simply standing still even as Altamirano went berserk.

Altamirano was eventually placed under arrest and her vehicle was taken to the impounding area. She was charged for driving without a license, direct assault, and for the resistance and disobedience to a person in authority.
Manila Police District-Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) chief Police Colonel Rosalino ‘Jhun’ Ibay Jr. later revealed that after conducting a follow-up investigation, they found out that Altamirano was possibly involved in drug transactions. There were suspicious messages on her phone and methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in her bag. She cooperated with the police and gave the names of her cohorts.

On May 28, the MPD-SMaRT team conducted an entrapment operation and arrested Altamirano’s cohorts: Rendor Sanchez, 30, Jason Dela Cruz, 29, and Marlon de Guzman, 29. The three men, along with Altamirano, are also being charged for the distribution and transportation of illegal drugs. These suspects, who are now under MPD custody, also tested positive for illegal drug use.