Mayor directs investigation of posd-taho vendor incident
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Friday directed the City Legal Office to investigate the incident involving Public Order and Safety Division operatives and a taho vendor last Feb. 2.
This after the POSD Enforcement Section submitted last Thursday its report to the mayor on what transpired during the skirmish which was caught in a video and sparked outrage from netizens in the social media.
In the letter, Section head Security Officer II Bromeo Lumiib said their action against the taho vendor identified as Benedict Seno was not deliberate.
He said the video footage showed that there was no intent to harm Seno but instead of yielding to the enforcers, the vendor resisted and fought to keep his merchandise while the operatives who were also intent on fulfilling their mandate, insisted on confiscating the taho container.
“This particular instance was the cause when the vendor lost balance with his taho merchandise that spilled to the ground,” Lumiib said.
Lumiib said the vendor had been a habitual offender having been apprehended by roving enforcers for the same violation of illegal vending at the same place several times over the years.
“He was apprehended on Dec. 9, 2017, Aug. 4, 2018, Jan. 6, 2019 and Feb. 2, 2019 and these were aside from the previous warnings and instances when he was able to make good his escape,” Lumiib said.
Lumiib said Seno has a special permit issued by the city government to sell taho as a roving vendor at St. Joseph Village barangay but he kept on crossing over to the Botanical Garden parking area where vending is strictly prohibited.
On Feb. 2 he was chanced upon by members of the POSD Roving Team 1 again selling at the prohibited spot and that was when the commotion happened.
“Concerning the alleged intentional throwing of the taho merchandise by the apprehending enforcers, the POSD is strict and will not tolerate the occurrence of such reported unnecessary action by anyone among its enforcers,” Lumiib said.
POSD Chief Paul Cambod said the POSD is committed to its maximum tolerance rule and anyone who will be duly found violating the policies and abusing their authority will be subject to dismissal. **Aileen P. Refuerzo