'Abusive' motorist heckled, hospitalized

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 23 2012 11:02 AM | Updated as of Aug 24 2012 06:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Robert Blair Carabuena, the motorist who earned the public's ire after he was caught slapping and berating a traffic enforcer, was rushed to a hospital on Thursday.

Initial reports from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said Carabuena felt discomfort after receiving offensive comments from several people while he was at the Quezon City Fiscal's Office for a preliminary hearing on his case.

Several objects were also reportedly thrown at Carabuena.

It was not immediately clear, however, which hospital Carabuena was brought.

Carabuena earlier went to the MMDA headquarters to issue a public apology for slapping MMDA traffic enforcer Saturnino "Sonny" Fabros.

His act, which was caught on video that  spread in various social networking sites, prompted outrage among the public.

Fabros was not at the MMDA headquarters to listen to Carabuena's apology. Carabuena asked Tolentino's permission to meet Fabros to personally apologize.

In his letter of apology, Carabuena belied reports that he went in hiding, and assured that he is ready to face the consequences of his actions.

"Nitong nakaraang linggo, naramdaman ko po ang galit ng publiko sa aking inasal. Simula ng lumabas ang video sa media at social media, minabuti ko pong manatili muna sa aming tahanan. Kinailangan kong humingi ng payo sa aking pamilya at mga kaibigan, gayon na rin sa aking mga abugado," Carabuena said in his apology.

"Kung mayroon man akong hihilingin sa puntong ito, ako po sana'y mabigyan ng pangalawang pagkakataon, at personal na makahingi ng tawad kay Mang Sonny."

Carabuena added that while he respects the decision of Tolentino to request for the cancellation of his driver's license, he is appealing for a reconsideration because he needs it for his work.

Public apology of Robert Blair Carabuena (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy of Yves Gonzalez

Fabros was recently promoted to Traffic Constable 2 from Traffic Constable 1. He also received financial support and scholarships for his six children.

On Tuesday, about a dozen MMDA workers surprised Fabros by starting the repair and improvement of his two-story house in Quezon City. - with a report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM