MANILA, Philippines - Last month, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino announced that motorists could be sued with wiretapping should they video record transactions with erring traffic enforcers. But now, the MMDA are telling the public that they will NOT sue motorists who video record transactions. So which is which?
MMDA Will Not Sue Motorists With Wiretapping Should They Video Record Their Constables
Oct 04, 2015 at 5:07 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said in an interview; "Wala po. Hindi po. Ang MMDA po, bilang ahensya, ay hindi namin babalikan ang motorista."
He added that they will not legally assist traffic constables with their cases against motorist. "Bahala na silang maghanap ng legal team nila", he said.
As we recall, the MMDA Chairman said that motorists who will video record transactions of erring officers could be sued with wiretapping.
With the new statement released by the MMDA, we are really confused if motorists could really be sued with wiretapping. But according to Lawyer JJ Disino from the University of the Philippines College of Law, recording of public conversation is not a violation of the law. The conversation between a traffic enforcer issuing a ticket to a motorist is not a private conversation hence, they could not be sued with wiretapping.