Palace wants Skyway-speeding driver to face raps

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2014 10:20 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2014 06:21 AM

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

MANILA - A Palace official believes that the driver of a car that cut and overtook the presidential convoy on the Skyway during Holy Week should be held accountable.

Communication Secretary Sonny Coloma said the convoy observes traffic rules, including stopping at red lights.

He said the incident was dangerous, and the driver should be held accountable.

Coloma said it's up to the traffic authorities and the Philippine National Police to pursue the accountability of the driver identified as Jeffrey Roxas-Chua.

He said President Benigno Aquino himself felt that the incident was dangerous.

Malacanang released to media on Tuesday the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the incident showing a red car, the one allegedly driven by Roxas-Chua, cutting into and eventually overtaking the convoy.

The convoy was traversing the Skyway en route to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which Aquino inspected during the exodus of travelers for Holy Week.

The Presidential Security Group (PSG) on Monday confirmed that Roxas-Chua recklessly overtook the presidential convoy last April 14 on the Skyway, at speeds of around 180 kilometers per hour.

Roxas-Chua even allegedly name-dropped Vice-President Jejomar Binay and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. "Kay President pala kayo ha. Ganyan pala. Humanda ka pag nanalo si Binay at Erap, ipatatanggal kita," he allegedly told the police officer who issued him a traffic ticket.

Binay and Estrada have denied knowing Roxas-Chua.

Binay, in a statement, said charges should be filed against the driver.