Med rep tries to overtake PNoy's convoy, nabbed

Posted at 10/11/2012 2:34 PM | Updated as of 10/11/2012 9:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A medical representative was arrested for driving recklessly and for allegedly trying to overtake the convoy of President Aquino in Manila early Thursday.

Members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) arrested Mark Jason Hanopol, 24, after the latter allegedly tried to cut in front of the presidential convoy at the Nagtahan Bridge at around 2 a.m.

Car used in overtaking the convoy of President Aquino. Photo by Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM

Hanopol was taken to the Pandacan Police Station where he tested positive for alcohol.

Chief Inspector Vicente Arnante, Pandacan Police deputy station commander, said Hanopol will be charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda later confirmed the incident.

He said the President left Malacañang Palace on or before midnight and confirmed that police had arrested a man who was driving recklessly near the convoy.

"Merong isang nagngangalang Mark Hanopol. He is 24 years old. He is a medical representative of Patriot Pharmaceuticals Corp. He was driving under the influence of alcohol. So, medyo reckless ang kanyang manner of driving. He was apprehended by the PNP," Lacierda said.

Lacierda said the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

"Medyo reckless ang kanyang driving. I don't know kung 'singit' talaga 'yung tawag doon. Medyo… pero at no time was the safety of the President in danger but medyo reckless e," he said.

Last July, a Quezon City policeman was relieved from duty after he allegedly refused to give way to the president's convoy.

SPO2 Ricardo Pascua, on board his Mitsubishi Adventure, allegedly refused to give way to the president’s convoy along Commonwealth Avenue even as the PSG personnel asked him.

Authorities later found out that Pascua had been dismissed from service due to robbery/extortion and grave misconduct charges. – with reports from Zhander Cayabyab, radio dzMM; and Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News