June 3, 2023

The taxi driver who dragged and almost ran over a traffic police officer last Dec. 31 is now facing criminal charges.
Patrolman Julius Walang filed on Monday charges of attempted homicide, direct assault upon an agent of the person in authority, disobedience to a person in authority, violation of the Anti-drunk Driving Law, and oral defamation against Jone D. Buclay, driver of the Mabalot taxi.
Walang was assisted by Baguio City Police Office Legal Officer Ford Tuazon.
Walang was managing the flow of traffic on Abanao St. on Dec. 31 when he warned Buclay to leave as his parked vehicle was obstructing traffic in the area.
Instead of complying, Buclay cursed at the policeman who then asked the driver present his license.
Buclay attempted to flee from the scene, prompting Walang to block his way and call for back-up.
Walang held on the hood of the moving taxi, which was eventually stopped by another police officer on a motorcycle.
Walang said his filing the charges was not only for personal justice but to serve as a warning to drivers to follow traffic rules and give due respect to authorities.
“Itutuloy at ilalaban ko ito para hindi na gawin ng iba sa mga kapwa ko pulis. Hindi rin ako makikipag-areglo para matuto ang taxi driver ng tamang asal sa kalsada,” he said.
Following the incident that went viral on social media, the Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año commended Walang for his dedication to service despite the risk to his safety.
The Police Regional Office Cordillera on Monday also recognized Walang’s deed during the flag-raising ceremony.
BCPO director Allen Rae Co said they will give all the necessary support to Walang. –Dionisio Dennis, Jr.