Mayor Herbert Bautista promotes traffic enforcer who apprehended him for beating the red light

Quezon City Mayor Herbert "Bistek" Bautista has promoted traffic enforcer Sol Botilla, who apprehended him for beating the red light on Tomas Morato, reports

At around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Botilla stopped Bautista, who was not accompanied by security escorts at the time. Botilla said he did not recognize the mayor, whom he thought was a Chinese national. Bautista said in the report, "He only recognized me when I spoke and acknowledged the (traffic) violation."

According to, Bautista asked Botilla to see him in his office the following day but the latter did not go, afraid of being punished. The Monday after, during the city hall’s flag raising ceremony, Bautista commended Botilla, promoting him to supervisor and rewarding him with P10,000.

Botilla, 47, who has been a traffic enforcer of the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety for 10 years, said he will use the money to pay for his children’s tuition.

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