The car driven by Jeffrey Roxas-Chua that wove in and out of the presidential convoy on the Skyway at high speed, according to the Presidential Security Group. Photo courtesy of the PSG
MANILA - The Presidential Security Group (PSG) on Monday confirmed that one Jeffrey Roxas-Chua recklessly overtook the presidential convoy last April 14 on the Skyway, at speeds of around 180 kilometers per hour.
In an incident report released Monday but dated April 16, Senior Police Officer 3 Manuel Mandapat, duty team leader of the motorcycle security of the presidential convoy, said that "on or about 161345 April 14, a red Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer bearing the plate number UWI 797 driven by a certain Jeffrey roxas Chua, residing at NR 33 Sto Tomas Street, Urdaneta Village, Makati City suddenly as per report of Presidential Security Group securing the presidential convoy... tried to recklessly overtake the vehicle of the Presidential Communication Operation Office forcing the driver to slow down and give way."
Jeffrey Roxas-Chua, the driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo that wove in and out of the presidential convoy at high speed, according to the PSG. Photo courtesy of the PSG
The same report added, "the driver of the said vehicle continued to swerve in and out of the presidential convoy at the right curve approach of the NAIA toll gate, prompting the standard operation procedure to heightened alert due to the breach of security… that said vehicle even overtook the whole presidential convoy at high speed and fled away towards the Bicutan exit ."
Acting on instructions from the commanding officer of the Presidential escorts, Lt. Col. Francis Anthony Coronel, Mandapat said he "immediately gave chase to the subject vehicle [which] even tried to elude the undersigned by increasing his speed to approximately 180 kph."
The speed limit on the Skyway is 100 kph maximum for cars, jeeps and pick-ups; 80 kph maximum for buses and trucks; and 60 kph minimum for all vehicles.
Roxas-Chua was issued a violation ticket by the SLEX traffic enforcer.
Mandapat said Roxas-Chua lost his temper and threatened him saying, "Kay President pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda ka pag nanalo si Binay at Erap, ipatatanggal kita."
Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Manila Mayor Joseph Estada have denied knowing Roxas-Chua.
Motoring website Top Gear Philippines said Roxas-Chua has disputed the Palace account of the incident.
He also claimed to possess "a very juicy video" of what happened.
"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," he told the automotive magazine.
Roxas-Chua said he is just a "normal citizen" going up against "crazy media reports."
According to Top Gear, Roxas-Chua is still considering whether to make public the supposed video footage -- if it does exist.