ARMM guv warns ‘kotong’ cops PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 December 2012 14:16

Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has warned cops and those manning the highway, particularly in Maguindanao, that they would be sanctioned once proven they are into collecting illegal fees (kotong) from private vehicles and truckers.

Hataman, in a radio interview, said traffic inspection is not yet devolved to the ARMM regional government.

“It is still the Land Transportation Office (LTO) that is tasked to do highway check. I have not given any of our personnel or employees to perform such task,” said Hataman.

A commuter who requested anonymity told a radio station that she was flagged down by uniformed personnel and was asked to pay penalties for traffic violation.

“At first, I was told to pay them P1, 500, then P1,000, then later P300. I told myself I won’t give them money but we were in a hurry to go to a place so we have no choice but to hand the cash,” said the commuter.

Hataman, after listening to the complaint aired over radio station DXND, said he would instruct the regional director of the LTO-ARMM to look into the matter.

The traffic inspection took place along the highway in Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao province, the complainant said.