Just another day in the office for Col. Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija.
He wrote: “It’s my ‘Spare the Air Day’ today and ditched the pickup (for) my scooter. Sarap gamitin yung Vespa na panghabol. Okay na sana kaso yung hinahabol nag-ilalim, ako nag-ibabaw. Wow mali talaga!”
His fellow MMDA officers were able to apprehend the violators, but let them off without a ticket after learning that they were rushing their child to the hospital. “Desperate for transporation,” according to Nebrija, the parents stuck the kid in between them and rode a scooter to Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City.
“Inalalayan na lang namin,” he added.
A week ago, Nebrija went into detail on one of the risks of booking habal-habal services:
“To those who are patronizing habal-habal on EDSA, you do not have any contract with the rider to agree to whatever he says about how you are related, especially if he starts claiming you’re his wife, girlfriend, or even close relative. We document our operations and (most of the time it gets uploaded on Facebook or YouTube).”
The MMDA traffic chief is sparing no one. Recently, he lectured a rider who was caught with a fake Land Transportation Office driver’s license.
Nebrija said in a separate post: “The only reason why fixers thrive is that there are people patronizing them. (These are) people who do not believe in going through the right process and only want to (take the short cut in) getting their licenses no matter what the cost is, even if it’s fake.”
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