After being involved in a car chase with the police in October, Jake Cuenca visited the delivery rider who was accidentally hit by a stray bullet during the incident.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, November 7, the actor shared photos of him as he personally met 43-year-old delivery rider Eleazar Martinito, who appears to be recuperating.
“Masaya ako na nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na madalaw si Eleazar Martinito, ang Grab driver na nasaktan sa isang insidenteng hindi ko malilimutan. Taos pusong pasasalamat sa mga pulis na tumulong sa iyo at naging tulay para makilala kita,” Cuenca captioned his post.
(I’m happy that I had the chance to visit Eleazar Martinito, the Grab driver who was hurt in an incident that I’ll never forget. I give heartfelt thanks to the police authorities who helped you and assisted me in meeting you.)
The actor added that he is grateful that the delivery rider is in good shape and is with his family. “Hangad ko ang iyong patuloy na kaligtasan at nawa’y makabalik agad sa iyong trabaho (I wish for your safety and recovery and hope for your immediate return to work),” he wrote.
Cuenca made headlines in October when he was arrested after a car chase with the authorities. The actor’s SUV had reportedly hit a police vehicle as cops were in the middle of a buy-bust operation.
Instead of stopping, Cuenca was said to have driven away instead, prompting the police to chase after him. During the chase, Martinito was hit by a stray bullet that was fired by the police in an effort to disable Cuenca’s car.
In an exclusive interview with TV Patrol, Cuenca explained that he did not stop when the authorities chased him because they were in civilian clothes and had firearms. “Armed civilians flagging down my car with unmarked vehicles, my instinct was to not stop, to go forward and just get away from trouble,” he said.
Cuenca added that the incident was “traumatizing.” “At that time, I didn’t know they were undercover cops. I didn’t know they were shooting for my tires. I thought they were shooting for me.” – Rappler.com