Driver who overtook PNoy convoy claims 'juicy video'

Posted at 04/18/14 5:06 PM

The 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution that wove in and out of the Presidential convoy on the Skyway at high speed, according to a Palace source.

MANILA - A motorist who was given a traffic ticket for reckless driving at the Skyway and for weaving in and out of the convoy of President Benigno Aquino at high speed is claiming that he has a video footage of the incident, disproving the account by a Palace source.

The driver, identified as Urdaneta village resident Jeffrey Roxas-Chua, told Top Gear Philippines that he has "a very juicy video" of what happened.

"Whatever the media said that I said, is truly false. Have hard evidence to prove it (video). It's actually a very juicy video. I'm not the type to name-drop people I do not know," he told the automotive magazine.

Roxas-Chua said he is just a "normal citizen" going up against "crazy media reports."

According to Top Gear, Roxas-Chua is still considering whether to make public the supposed video footage -- if it does exist.

A Malacañang source said Roxas-Chua took a video of the policeman who issued him a ticket when authorities caught up with him after overtaking vehicles of the presidential convoy at speeds above the limit on the Skyway.

The President was heading for Manila after inspecting the international airport terminals when the incident happened.

The source said Roxas-Chua was driving a red 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with license plate UWI 797.

According to the Palace source, Roxas-Chua first tried to overtake the vehicle of the Presidential Communication and Operations Office (PCOO), forcing the PCOO driver to slow down and give way.

Two police cars tried to block Roxas-Chua from cutting in the convoy, but the latter managed to outdrive them.

He then wove in and out of the other vehicles until he reached the President's car and overtook it.

A cop aboard a motorcycle flagged down Roxas-Chua and issued him a ticket for reckless driving, noting he was going much faster than the 100 kilometers per hour allowed on the Skyway.

But Roxas-Chua allegedly got mad and demanded to know the name of the policeman, who answered that he was with the presidential escorts and that his name was on the ticket itself.

Roxas-Chua then allegedly told the policeman: "Kay Presidente pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda ka pag naging presidente si Binay o si Erap. Ipatatanggal kita."

In a statement, however, Manila City Development Information Office chief Diego Cagahastian said former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada does not know Roxas-Chua.

"Nagbilin na siya [Estrada] sa mga pulis na walang gagamit ng pangalan [niya] lalo na sa kalsada. Hindi niya kilala ‘yung Chua,” Cagahastian said.

The spokesperson of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Joey Salgado, also said Binay has no links to Roxas-Chua.

“Hindi namin siya kilala at tama lang ang ginawang paghuli sa kanya,” Salgado said.

According to Top Gear, Roxas-Chua buys and sells cars and car parts. - with a report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News