Binay and Estrada deny knowing reckless Driver
A man driving a red Mitsubishi evolution with plate number UWI 797 tried to overtake President Aquino’s convoy on 16 April. The President and his official convoy were on their way back to Manila after inspecting Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay when the incident happened.
A Palace source said that initially, the man tried to overtake the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) vehicle causing the PCOO driver to slow down and give way to the red car. Two police cars tried to cut the reckless driver from weaving in and out of other vehicles in the convoy but failed. Even after reaching the President’s car he continued driving at 180kph towards the Bicutan exit of Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX). SPO3 Manuel Mandapat, a motorcycle policeman noticed the car going beyond the Skyway’s speed limit of 100kph, flagged it down and issued the driving a ticket for over speeding.
The driver of the red Mitsubishi evolution was identified as Jeffrey Roxas Chua, a resident of Urdaneta Village Makati. When stopped and ticketed he angrily demanded to know the name of the policeman. When the cop gave his name and said that he belongs to the Presidential escorts, Jeffrey Chua started ranting, “Kay Presidente pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda ka pag naging presidente si Binay o si Erap. Ipatatanggal kita.”
Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Mayor Joseph Estrada however denied knowing Jeffrey Chua. Manila City Development Information Office chief Diego Cagahastian said, “Nagbilin na siya [Estrada] sa mga pulis na walang gagamit ng pangalan [niya] lalo na sa kalsada. Hindi niya kilala ‘yung Chua.”
In a statement, Binay said, “”The Vice President feels strongly that Roxas-Chua did not only violate traffic laws. This motorist put at risk the safety and security of the President and the members of his official family. His reckless actions should not be condoned or allowed to go unpunished.”
In a personal message to Top Gear Philippines, Jeffrey Roxas-Chua said, “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. Lynda Jumilla talked bull.” Referring to the earlier report by Lynda Jumilla of ABS-CBNNews.com
When asked by Top Gear reporters if Roxas-Chua can break the video to the public, he replied: “What are the pros and cons if we did break our silence? We are talking about me being a normal citizen versus all the crazy media reports. Lynda Jumilla was NOT even at the scene during that time yesterday.”