Wanting to prove that no one is above the law, not even his relatives or family members, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on Thursday ordered the impounding of illegal tow trucks owned by a woman claiming to be his sister-in-law.
Citing a report from the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, Estrada said PMA Towing Services, Inc. has no permit to operate anywhere in the city.
“Walang kaibi-kaibigan, walang kama-kamag-anak sa ‘kin (No favors for friends and family),” Estrada said after being briefed by MTPB director Dennis Alcoreza about the continued illegal operation of the erring towing firm, owned by a certain Alise Nogra.
Estrada instructed Alcoreza to file the appropriate charges against the towing company and press on with their operations against “colorum” tow trucks victimizing motorists in Manila.
In a series of operations in Quirino Avenue and Osmena Highway on Tuesday, MTPB operatives impounded three tow trucks belonging to PMA.
One of the complainants claimed the towing personnel charged him P11,500 to claim his towed vehicle, according to Alcoreza.
Nogra, claiming to be Estrada’s sister-in-law, insisted they have a memorandum of agreement with MTPB and RWM Towing, the only accredited towing service in Manila, which supposedly allows them to operate in Manila.
Alcoreza pointed out there was no such agreement. He said PMA Towing Services, Inc. still continued to operate despite being apprehended several times.
“They are notorious,” Alcoreza said.
On March 2015, after receiving numerous complaints from the public, the city government cancelled the business permit and accreditation of PMA Towing Services, Inc.
Early this year, the Manila Police District arrested one of PMA’s drivers after forcibly towing at least two trucks in Pandacan. His two companions escaped.
The driver, Christian Gonzales, 37, has been charged with violation of Anti-Carnapping Law, Driving Without License, OR/CR, and license plates, and for operating without business permit.
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