A former member of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) is now in hot water after he was accused of extorting money by a driver the other night along Lacson Avenue in Sampaloc, Manila.
Now in the custody of the Manila Police District-Station 4 is Mark Leonard Arquero, who reportedly even questioned if the arresting officers are legitimate.
On verification, police said it was discovered that the suspect was a former MTPB member but was dismissed from service in 2016 also due to a complaint of extortion filed against him.
When arrested at around 9 p.m., the suspect was said to be wearing the full uniform of the MTPB.
Mark Urieta, chief of the Anti-Scalawag and Internal Affairs Division of the MTPB, said that based on their probe, it had been the suspect’s modus operandi to cite various violations to motorists whom he flags down, mostly swerving and beating the red light.
Once the motorist stops, the suspect would reportedly demand P8,000 in exchange for letting the driver go.
The suspect also reportedly threatens to impound the motorist’s vehicle. Arquero denied the charges and claimed he is a mere volunteer traffic enforcer and that the motorists give him money voluntarily being his friends.
Police charged him with extortion.