The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) acknowledged the efforts of nine traffic personnel who, during an anti-colorum operation in Quezon City, apprehended a former police officer who has been convicted of robbery.
MMDA officials recognized Traffic Constables Allan Borbe, William Versosa, Ferdinand Maneja, Emma Rivera, Ramil Cancino, Mariao Cortes Jr., Augustus Sadia, Crispen Guainan, and Erwin Sempio for their “diligent acts and active involvement” in the operations that led to the arrest of Ricardo Pascua, a former Senior Police Officer assigned to the Quezon City police office.
Pascua, a resident of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan, was convicted for a robbery case before the Regional Trial Court branch 96 in Quezon City in July 13, 1999.
The nine MMDA traffic personnel each received a certificate of commendation from the agency during the regular flag-raising ceremony at the MMDA main office in Makati City.
“With their vigilance and tireless effort in performing their duties, they have not only eased traffic on our streets but apprehended and put behind bars a man who has been long wanted by the law for his crime,” Lim said.
According to a spot report, the members of MMDA’s Motorcycle Operation Group sighted the Nissan Urvan vehicle (UXQ-467), driven by Pascua committing a traffic violation while traversing Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon last June 15, 2017.
When they tried to apprehend him for the traffic infraction, Pascua sped off, going to the direction of UP Diliman campus. The traffic personnel gave chase until Pascua was cornered with the help of the Highway Patrol Group which was conducting an anti-colorum operations at that time in the area.
MMDA records also showed that Pascua was already apprehended for a colorum violation last June 8, 2017. In that incident, Pascua’s driver’s license was confiscated by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Last June 23, 2017, the former Quezon City police officer’s custody was turned over to the New Bilibid Prisons – Bureau of Correction in Muntinlupa City.
Pascua was already dismissed from the service after he cut off the convoy of former President Benigno Aquino Jr.