The LTO finally suspends Jeffrey Roxas-Chua’s driving privileges weeks after he allegedly sped past the motorcade of Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III and resisted arrest as officers gave chase. He was also fined Php1,000. The system supposedly works — when the ‘victim’ is no less than the President, that is…
In an incident report released Monday but dated April 16, Senior Police Officer 3 Manuel Mandapat, duty team leader of the motorcycle security of the presidential convoy, said that “on or about 161345 April 14, a red Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer bearing the plate number UWI 797 driven by a certain Jeffrey roxas Chua, residing at NR 33 Sto Tomas Street, Urdaneta Village, Makati City suddenly as per report of Presidential Security Group securing the presidential convoy… tried to recklessly overtake the vehicle of the Presidential Communication Operation Office forcing the driver to slow down and give way.”
The same report added, “the driver of the said vehicle continued to swerve in and out of the presidential convoy at the right curve approach of the NAIA toll gate, prompting the standard operation procedure to heightened alert due to the breach of security… that said vehicle even overtook the whole presidential convoy at high speed and fled away towards the Bicutan exit .”
It was only upon “acting on instructions from the commanding officer of the Presidential escorts” that a motorcycle escort in the presidential motorcade gave chase and apprehended Roxas-Chua who tried to evade arrest by “increasing his speed to approximately 180 kph.”
After the incident, Roxas-Chua had allegedly said: “Kay President pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda ka pag nanalo si Binay at Erap, ipatatanggal kita.”
(Roxas-Chua noted after the incident that his apprehenders were the President’s people and threatened to have them removed when presumed future presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay and Manila Mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada win the 2016 elections)
Roxas-Chua for his part claimed in an exclusive interview with Top Gear Philippines magazine that he possesses “very juicy” video footage of the incident and is mulling over whether or not to release it to the media.
Most Filipinos put up with reckless driving in their streets and highways — something that, along with many other misdemeanours and crimes, has become an ordinary thing that goes unpunished in the Philippines.
[Image of cc-tv footage captured from a GMA News report.]
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