Men who mauled traffic aide still unidentified

Authorities still have no concrete lead on who ganged up on Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic aide Raul Reoteres along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City early Saturday (February 18) morning.

Reoteres tried to stop around thirty people from drag racing along the boulevard last Saturday. But instead of following the traffic aide, the drag racers mauled Reoteres. The traffic aide sustained wounds in the head and back and had to be rushed to  San Juan de Dios Hospital for treatment.

Sheena Villena of the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office said the agency has yet to get a firm identification on the suspects. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino earlier said several witnesses have surfaced and claimed the suspects appear to belong to ‘rich’ families.

Meanwhile, Reoteres has been discharged from the hospital and resting at his home, Villena said.

Villena said the MMDA would continue to review footage from security cameras along the highway as well as interview other witnesses.

Tolentino has said that the latest incident highlights the need to arm MMDA traffic enforcers.

Last year, an MMDA traffic aide was shot in San Juan while apprehending a traffic violator.