MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has formed an Inter-Agency Anti-Kotong Task Force (IAAK-TF) that would go after erring policemen and other traffic law enforcers engaged in “kotong” or extortion in the Metro Manila.
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said the project was in line with a recent directive of President Benigno Aquino III, after a meeting with transport leaders, for the DILG “to coordinate with other agencies, and investigate as well as remove from the service, those found to be guilty of extortion activities.”
The DILG is now preparing a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Transportation and Communications, Land Transportation Office, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the various local government units in Metro Manila on the single-ticketing scheme and the campaign against “kolorum” vehicles.
The IAAK-TF will be composed of agents or representatives from the DILG, National Police Commission, Philippine National Police, DOTC-LTO, MMDA, Department of Justice and those from local traffic enforcers from various local government units in Metro Manila.
The creation of IAAK-TF also coincides with the launching of the DILG’s anti-kotong hotline 0918-8882749 where the public can submit information.
Under the anti-kotong hotline scheme, the public is encouraged to call or provide via text messaging their information that includes the date, time, place of the incident, the modus operandi and the identity of the perpetrators.
Information that would be submitted to the hotline will be treated with utmost confidentiality to protect the source of the information, the DILG assured. -- Dennis Carcamo