"Text Anti-Kotong"campaign launched in Metro Manila

Interaksyon.com reports that an interagency task force-composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Justice (DOJ)-was launched on Thursday, October 27, to eradicate "kotong" or extortion among traffic enforcers.

Interaksyon.com reports that an interagency task force-composed of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Justice (DOJ)-was launched on Thursday, October 27, to eradicate "kotong" or extortion among traffic enforcers.

 

The said agency has set up a 24-hour text hotline-0918-8882749-to which people can send their complaints. DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said complainants can choose to be anonymous. The hotline is initially available only in Metro Manila.

 

The report quoted Zeny Maranan, president of  the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), who revealed, "Before this, there was a 20 percent reduction in kotong but the number (has) again increased for some time. With this program, we hope that kotong will be 100 percent removed from the streets."

 

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