(Photo courtesy of Richard Castro Ligad)


Around 700 pieces of confiscated modified mufflers were run over and destroyed Wednesday morning by a compactor truck in public in front of the City Hall.

Richard Ligad, head of the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) and the Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF), said the confiscated illegal mufflers are prohibited under a local ordinance and were accumulated since he began his stint as head of the law enforcement offices.

Ligad estimates that each muffler costs around P2,000.

“Nasimulang makolekta yan nang pag-upo natin sa city traffic. Actually, second batch na yan. May mga naunang batch na noong wala pa tayo sa city traffic. Yong mga anti-crime pa lang, madadagdagan at madadagdagan pa rin ‘yan,” he said.

He reminded motorists that the use of modified mufflers is strictly prohibited in the city unless it is used in motor shows or race and a permit from the government is secured.

“Hindi mo naman puwedeng gamitin every day yan. Puwede ka namang gumamit kapag may mga motorshow o nasa race track ka. Kukuha ka ng permit ng sa ganoon mai-transfer mo roon ang motor mo. Pero kung every day gagamitin mo, hindi yon pwede, bawal ‘yon.,” Ligad said.

Ligad did not state how the flattened metals will be disposed of by the city government.