Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año commended the Baguio traffic enforcer who risked his life to apprehend an erring cab driver while at the same time sought the Supreme Court’s probe of the “bully” judge who hastened the release of the cab driver involved in the incident.

Patrolman Julius Walang was shown in the viral video hanging on to the hood of the running cab to stop Jone Dominguez Buclay from facing his traffic violation.

“He was literally hanging on for his life as he was performing his sworn duty,” he added, “Salamat, Patrolman Julius Walang, sa tapat at walang takot na pagtupad sa iyong tungkulin (Thank you Patrolman Julius Walang for your honest and fearless performance of duty”), Año said.

Walang was directing traffic along Abanao Street in Baguio when he instructed Buclay to continue moving as he was blocking the road.
But the latter, instead, cursed at the traffic enforcer which prompted Walang to serve a citation ticket.

To avoid the citation, Buclay attempted to escape by driving away, prompting the cop to leap on and cling to the cab’s hood to prevent the driver from escaping.

Walang was dragged for several meters and the cabbie only stopped when a concerned motorcycle rider helped stop the escaping driver.

Buclay now faces charges of resisting arrest, direct assault upon an agent of authority, grave threat and oral defamation. He was later on discovered to be intoxicated. He was also charged with driving under the influence.

Meanwhile, Año appealed to Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta to probe the judge who facilitated the speedy release of the taxi driver from police custody.

The assigned police officers at the precinct reported that the judge, reportedly the cabbie’s relative, suddenly stormed the police station and shouted at them without even inquiring about the details of the incident.

Año decried “such a complete disregard of the law and use of the padrino (patronage) system should never be tolerated and is very unbecoming of him as an arbiter of the law.” (Jojo Mangahis)