Erap junks proposal to arm Manila traffic enforcers


Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has thumbed down a proposal to issue service firearms to members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

Estrada believes arming civilian traffic enforcers will create more problems instead of solving the problem.

“That needs to be studied carefully,” the mayor said in a press briefing at the city hall.

“We cannot just issue service firearms on a whim. I will ponder on this thoroughly,” Estrada added.

He said he will bring up the proposal to Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, director of the Manila Police District.

Proposals to arm MTPB enforcers for self-defense stemmed from several incidents where they were harassed by angry and unruly motorists.