Taxi driver admits wielding knife vs SUV driver

Posted at 07/28/14 9:23 PM

MANILA - A traffic altercation almost turned bloody after two motorists locked horns at the EDSA Santolan flyover recently.

The encounter was caught on video by an anonymous witness who was a passenger on a trailing bus.

The footage shows the driver of a Mercedes SUV kicking the door of a taxi.

The taxi driver emerges wielding a knife.

But the SUV driver immediately points a gun at him, forcing him to throw the weapon back into his taxi.

The SUV driver eventually takes the knife, leaves his firearm in his SUV, and confronts the taxi driver again, bearing what appears to be the same bladed weapon.

After a while, the SUV speeds off, but the taxi chases it along the highway.

According to the taxi driver, Glen Remetio, the SUV driver still got away after threatening him again with a gun.

Remetio said before the footage was taken, the SUV driver cut him off and broke his window.

"Pag-cut sa akin, bumaba siya, pinagmumura niya ako tapos sabay suntok sa akin," he said.

Remetio insists the knife he wielded was not his, but was simply in the toolbox of the cab which he shares with other drivers.

He defended his decision to chase the SUV, saying he wanted to draw the attention of traffic enforcers.

"Para maimbestigahan kami bakit siya nanutok ng baril, di naman kami nagkabanggaan, di nagkasagian," he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has traced the registration of the SUV to Primex Development Corporation, a real estate company.

The company refused to give a statement, but said it is already investigating the incident.

The PNP has also released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Police said they will give Primex Development Corporation a few days to identify the driver and cooperate with the investigation.

Otherwise, the company may be included in the complaint.

Investigators will also check if the suspect has a firearm license and permit to carry, but added that these will likely be revoked.