MMDA to Sue Uploader of Viral QC Footbridge Video
Shoot the messenger and not the message, right?
(SPOT.ph) On February 14, a concerned citizen named Pio Gerona Fortuno Jr. posted a video of a footbridge along the Mindanao Avenue-Congressional Avenue intersection, showing electrical wires running across the walkway, which could potentially trip the inattentive and could pose a risk even to those who are paying attention. The video has since captured the attention of the Metro Manila Development Authority—who decided that they will be filing a case against the uploader of the video for malicious mischief and trespassing.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia Jr. said that the footbridge wasn’t operational yet, and the uploader allegedly forced his way past a guard stationed at the footbridge. In the same report, however, Fortuno refuted Garcia’s claim that the footbridge wasn’t open to the public, saying that there were no barriers or warning signs in the area. The video shows two other individuals, who could be heard remarking on how dangerous the presence of the wires is.
Social media has been able to give ordinary people a way to call out government officials, law violators, and erring companies in ways that they used to be unable to, and people have been able to accomplish this with positive effects. The MMDA has previously encouraged people to report traffic issues via social media. Even its Twitter account has been known to be responsive, active, and occasionally funny.
Dear MMDA: Wouldn't it be a better use of taxpayers' money to fix the problem instead of filing a suit?