Re­tired cop held for threats vs traf­fic en­forcers

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Em­manuel Tu­pas, Robert­zon Ramirez

A re­tired po­lice­man was ar­rested for al­legedly pok­ing his hand­gun at Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) traf­fic en­forcers in Que­zon City on Mon­day.

Re­tired Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 Rober­zon Estrella, 63, is fac­ing charges of grave threat and vi­o­la­tion of the elec­tion­re­lated gun ban, Que­zon City Po­lice District (QCPD) di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Guillermo Eleazar said.

Po­lice­men ar­rested Estrella af­ter he re­port­edly pulled out a .45 cal­iber pis­tol and threat­ened traf­fic con­sta­bles Christo­pher Ban­gal­isan and Wil­son Bal­c­eta along Com­mon­wealth Av­enue at around 6:25 p.m.

Eleazar said Estrella got into an ar­gu­ment with the traf­fic en­forcers, who flagged down the UV Ex­press van he was rid­ing be­cause of sev­eral traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

QCPD Sta­tion 6 com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Ros­sel Ce­jas, in a text mes­sage, said they have no in­for­ma­tion on the spe­cific traf­fic vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by the van’s driver.

Act­ing MMDA gen­eral man­ager Jojo Gar­cia said mo­torists should avoid threat­en­ing traf­fic en­forcers.

“Huwag daanin sa tapang, mag­pahuli na lang (Don’t re­sist ar­rest),” he told re­porters dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Makati City yes­ter­day.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Guillermo Eleazar ques­tions re­tired po­lice­man Robert­son Estrella af­ter the lat­ter’s ar­rest in Que­zon City yes­ter­day. BOY SAN­TOS

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