Babala: MMDA warns public of fake personnel soliciting money

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Tim Orbos on Friday, April 21 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,” Orbos said.

“The public should be discerning and extra careful of such illicit activities especially when it involves valuables or even money changing hands,” he added.

Orbos said that in the past, persons who have already been dismissed from the agency were the ones who have 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. at 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 is 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 is not included in the roster of MMDA employees, telling the former councilor to stall and keep the suspect from leaving until they arrive 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 identification card.