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MANILA - Two drivers that figured in a road rage incident at the EDSA Santolan flyover are both at risk of being slapped with charges, a spokesman of the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodoro Sindac said PNP chief Alan Purisima has ordered a coordinated probe into the road rage incident. The investigation will involve the Quezon City Police District, PNP Crime Laboratory, Highway Patrol Group and the PNP Firearms and Explosives Division.
A viral video of the road rage incident showed a driver of a Mercedes SUV kicking the door of a taxi on the driver's side.
The taxi driver then came out of the vehicle with a knife but the SUV driver pointed a gun at him, prompting the taxi driver to throw away the knife.
The SUV driver eventually took the knife, left his firearm in his SUV, and confronted the taxi driver again, bearing what appeared to be the same bladed weapon.
Sindac said the unidentified SUV driver could face charges of alarm and scandal and even illegal possession of firearms if it is proven that he does not have a gun permit.
"Ang pagadadala ng baril ay pribilehiyo lamang at hindi karapatan. Ang kanyang ginawa ay hindi kasama sa proper conduct ng pagdadala ng baril," he said in an interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.
He said the SUV driver could even lose his gun license and permit to carry firearms outside residence if he has both.
Sindac said the taxi driver, identified as Glen Remetio, could also face a complaint for carrying a bladed weapon. He said that while some taxi drivers might carry weapons for their protection, this does not mean they are absolved of charges.
"Nauunawaan naman natin kalagayan ng taxi driver. They are prone to hold-up and panganib sa trabaho," he said.
Remetio earlier said before the footage was taken, the SUV driver cut him off and broke his window.
"Pag-cut sa akin, bumaba siya, pinagmumura niya ako tapos sabay suntok sa akin," he said.
Remetio insisted the knife he wielded was not his, but was simply in the toolbox of the cab which he shares with other drivers.
He defended his decision to chase the SUV, saying he wanted to draw the attention of traffic enforcers.
"Para maimbestigahan kami bakit siya nanutok ng baril, di naman kami nagkabanggaan, di nagkasagian," he said.
Police have traced the registration of the SUV to Primex Development Corporation, a real estate company.
The company refused to give a statement, but said it is already investigating the incident.
The PNP has also released a composite sketch of the suspect.
Police said they will give Primex Development Corporation a few days to identify the driver and cooperate with the investigation.
Otherwise, the company may be included in the complaint.
"If they listen to advice, they must identify the person who used the car and pointed the gun. Wala na pong dahilan para pahirapan na nila ang isang bagay na matutunton lang," Sindac said.