MANILA, Philippines – The 39-year-old owner of a blue Maserati now faces criminal charges after he allegedly assaulted a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer on Thursday morning, November 27.
MMDA enforcer Jorby Adriatico had accosted the Maserati driver, now identified as a certain Joseph Russel Ingco, along Quezon Avenue for violating a traffic signal right before the incident happened, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Senior Superintendent Joel Pagdilao said.
“The driver got angry. The whole time the MMDA enforcer was taking a video, so the driver got angrier. The driver collared [Adriatico] then punched him while he was still seated on the driver’s seat,” Pagdilao told Rappler in a Thursday phone interview.
“While the driver was holding on to his collar… he didn’t let go of the MMDA enforcer, [and started to] drive the car slowly,” added Pagdilao.
Adriatico said in media interviews that the suspect took his mobile phone.
Police found Ingco through his blue Maserati Ghibli – a rare color and make in Metro Manila. Upon receiving reports of the incident, the QCPD checked with the Maserati dealer who said he had sold only two blue Maseratis.
Through sources, police then traced the owners of the two vehicles. Ingco was then positively identified by Adriatico.
The driver faces possible charges for serious physical injuries, direct assault against an agency or person in authority, and grave threat. Pagdilao said Adriatico is currently formalizing the complaint before the QCPD’s investigation unit.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino offered a P100,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect.
Pagdilao urged Ingco to present himself to police.
“I hope he speaks to us. He has nothing to be worried about. We follow due process,” added the QCPD chief. – Rappler.com