MANILA - The taxi driver in the EDSA Santolan road rage incident that was caught on video said the SUV driver was brandishing a real gun and not a toy gun as claimed by the latter's lawyers.
Speaking to ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, taxi driver Glen Remetio said he was taken aback when the suspect, identified as a certain Karlvin Ang, pulled out a gun from his bag and pointed it at him during the incident.
"Kitang kita ko pong totoong baril. Kaya ko po tinapon yung kutsilyo ko," he said.
He added: "(Kung) ibinaril niya sa akin, sasabihin ba nila na toy gun pa rin yun."
Remetio said the altercation happened when he was trying to make a right at the foot of the EDSA Santolan flyover. Instead of letting him pass, the SUV allegedly driven by Ang sped up and cut him off.
"Nanggaling sa ilalim ng overpass, I was trying to make a right. Hindi niya ako pinagbigyan, biglang tumulin siya. Pinagbigyan ko na nga. Pagdating namin sa taas akala niya sinusundan ko siya at hinahabol. Nung ano, bigla na lang napatingin ako sa kanya. Yun siguro yung minasama. Tinignan ko siya ng masama," he said.
The taxi driver denied shouting curses at the SUV driver. He said it was Ang who stopped his vehicle, got out and then started kicking the door of the taxi while getting the gun out of his bag.
Remetio also said he is sure that it was Karlvin Ang who pointed a gun at him. Lawyers of a certain Bill Emerson Tan claimed that it was their client who was driving the SUV involved in the traffic row. Tan is said to be the son of a shareholder of Primex Corp.
The taxi driver said that instead of stonewalling, Primex should have come out immediately and identified the driver of the SUV so the matter could be settled.
"Opo, sir, kasi yan talaga ang natatandaan kong mukha. Chinito po. Kung may isa pa silang ano, bakit di nila linabas yung driver ng SUV para magkausap kami. Willing naman akong makipag-ayos sa kanila," he said.
Asked if he is willing to settle, he said: "Nasa kanila po yun. Wala po sa akin dahil may kaso na sa husgado."
Station commander Superintendent Ramon Pranada said police have filed charges of grave threats, malicious mischief and physical injury against Karlvin Ang.
He said police will investigate the claim that Ang was only using a toy gun.
Remetio said he has learned one lesson after the road rage incident.
"Wag nang maging reckless sa pag da-drive. Paunahin na lang para hindi na po magkaabutan at di na magkatinginan," he said.