The Taguig City government is investigating members of its Traffic Management Team (TMT) and marshals for apprehending and issuing a traffic violation ticket to a motorcycle rider who was delivering pizza in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Barangay Fort Bonifacio.
“The Taguig City Government is investigating the incident involving several members of the Traffic Management Team (TMT), some BGC marshals, and a motorcycle delivery rider. Pending the results of the probe, the operations of the TMT will remain suspended. The City will reach out to the rider for a statement as well,” the city government said in a statement issued on October 28.
A Facebook post by a woman using the name Peachy Peachy narrated how motorcycle rider Ryan Borela was apprehended by the TMT and BGC marshals along 30th Street in BGC as he was on his way to deliver pizza on October 23.
Based on a photo she posted, the TMT issued Borela a ticket for obstruction in violation of Sec. 120 of Ordinance 103 or the Taguig Traffic Management Code.
“BGC TMT, anong meron?! Malamang hihinto sa tapat ng building yan kasi magdedeliver siya ng pizza at kailangan nya i-contact yung umorder sa kanya. Wala pa siyang 5 minutos dyan, hinarang nyong 11 marshalls yung nag iisang tao, pinalibutan nyo pa (BGC TMT, what gives? He was probably stopping in front of a building because he was going to deliver pizza and he needed to contact the customer. He was there for less than five minutes but 11 marshals blocked and surrounded him),” she wrote on Facebook and explained that she got permission to post from Borela.
She added, “Ano mararamdaman ni Kuya, syempre threatened diba?! Sana kinausap nyo na lang ng maayos or warning muna. Kasi magdedeliver lang naman siya or magddrop ng order. Unang una, saglit pa lang sya dyan at nasa gilid sya para lang magdrop ng order. Pangalawa, hindi nya iniwan motor nya dyan at nakatabi sya. Pangatlo, hindi siya motor vendor stalled vehicle kung hindi delivery man… essential worker siya na nag prprovide ng service at nagdedeliver ng food (What would he feel but threatened, right? You could have talked to him nicely or gave him a warning. He was just going to deliver or to drop an order. First of all, he was there for just a short moment and he was on the side of the road to drop the order. Second, he didn’t leave his motorcycle. Third, he is not a motor vendor stalled vehicle but a delivery man…essential worker who provided service and delivered food).”
She tagged the Taguig City government in her post, which has been shared 7,100 times and has garnered 345 comments as of writing.
“Rest assured that the case will be dealt with squarely and fairly. Lapses will not be tolerated. In this time of crisis, the City Government reiterates the need for bayanihan,” the city government added.