Police Highway Patrol Group takes over EDSA: ‘Kotong’ cops, ‘padrino’ system feared

The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group is officially taking over 23.8-km EDSA as the lead traffic law enforcement agency on Monday, September 7. The deployment of traffic cops along EDSA aims to resolve the heavy traffic.

With the deployment of traffic cops, mixed reactions were expressed by Filipino netizens, some are hoping that the said directive of President Benigno Aquino III will indeed help ease traffic, while some are worried that ‘kotong’ cops will return to EDSA.

However, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda allayed fears that the decision will put back corruption involving traffic cops. “Certainly, we will not tolerate corruption. If somebody would ask bribe, please don’t hesitate to tell us, our media friends,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda noted that EDSA is covered by the CCTVs which will monitor all activities, even the actions of traffic enforcers.

According to state-media, PNP-HPG will initially deploy 96 personnel in EDSA, plus 10 personnel from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) for six major intersections that have been identified as “choke points” along EDSA (both north and south bound) such as Balintawak, Cubao, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Guadalupe, and Taft Avenue.

Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, head of Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), said they will not tolerate the erring motorists with ‘padrino’ system.