MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A sports car-driving Makati resident was cited for reckless driving at the Skyway after overtaking several vehicles of the presidential convoy, including the car of President Benigno Aquino III himself.
The President was heading for Manila after inspecting the international airport terminals when the incident happened.
A Malacañang source identified the driver as Jeffrey Roxas-Chua, a resident of Urdaneta Village, Makati. He 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. He also took a video of the policeman who issued him a ticket.
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.
A Google search showed Roxas-Chua is into customizing sports cars and joining racing events.