“Tama na. Sobra na. Palitan na.”
This was how Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada vented his exasperation over the illegal activities that members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) were allegedly involved in.
In a speaking engagement on Monday, Estrada asked 690 MTBP traffic enforcers to resign, GMA News reports.
“Today, I am issuing an order for all traffic enforcers of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau to step down and turn in their resignation letters. I want all of them out, with no exceptions,” he said.
Estrada also said those found guilty of using their stature as a figure of authority to conduct illicit acts will be charged both administratively and criminally.
According to him, his order for the mass resignation will clean up the ranks of the MTPB.
However, Estrada said they will still allow the former MTPB personnel to re-apply in the department as long as they meet the new requirements to become a traffic enforcer.
For now, the manpower gap left by the MTPB will be filled by members of the Manila Police District along with other local units like barangays.
Estrada’s move comes at a time when Manila is attempting to find a solution to its worsening traffic situation, including the creation of a special unit tasked to reduce traffic.