MANILA, Philippines – Perhaps he needed to get to the airport before the President did.
A Mitsubishi Evolution-driving man cut in on President Benigno Aquino III’s convoy along the Skyway on Wednesday, April 16, and did not seem apologetic when he was flagged by the Chief Executive’s police escorts. (Editor’s note: We earlier said Mitsubishi Evolution is an SUV. We’re sorry for the error)
Aquino and other government officials were on their way to inspect the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 and other facilities in time for the province-bound Lenten trips of many Metro Manilans.
Government sources who knew of the incident said the man is a resident of Urdaneta Village in nearby Makati City. He was driving a red Mitsubishi Evolution. Rappler is withholding the name of the man and his car’s plate number pending his side of the story.
He reportedly ignored the cops who were signaling him to slow down, and sped off, at 100-plus kilometers per hour, through the two patrol cars and the ambulance that tried to block him.
Police escorts gave chase to the overspeeding motorist and issued him a ticket for reckless driving.
Sources said the man took a video of the policeman arresting him and threatened to have him fired should Vice President Jejomar Binay or former President (now Manila Mayor) Joseph Estrada become president.
“Sabi [niya], ‘Kay Presidente pala kayo, ha, ganyan pala?’ Nung binigyan ng ticket, sabi, ‘Humanda ka ‘pag nanalo si Binay o Erap, ipatatanggal kita,'” said a source who witnessed the incident.
(He said, “So you’re with the President? This is how it is?” When he was issued a ticket, he said, “Be prepared, man, when Binay or Erap wins, I’ll have you fired.”) – Rappler.com
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