Man who bullied MMDA enforcer 'arrogant' - Palace


Posted at Aug 15 2012 02:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 15 2012 10:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Malacañang spokesman on Wednesday described as "arrogant" a man who allegedly bullied a Metro Manila Development Authority traffic enforcer over the weekend.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda called Robert Carabuena's behavior "arrogant" and "unacceptable."

He said the Palace supports the MMDA's decision to file charges against Carabuena who was caught on video bullying traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros.
Asked if the Palace will also support the proposal to revoke Carabuena’s driver’s license, Lacierda said: “We will support whatever is sanctioned under the law. We leave with the authorities concerned. What we want to emphasize is that kind of behavior is not acceptable, especially assaulting a person in authority."

The President's spokesman also commended vigilant citizens who were able to record Carabuena's alleged bullying against Fabros. A video taken by TV5 showed Carabuena berating and slapping Fabros last Saturday, August 11, after he was pulled over for a traffic violation.

Lacierda praised “vigilant citizens who actively seek accountability from individuals in both the public and private sectors.”

“When people seek out and denounce the abusive, we see our citizens taking an active part in the President’s drive against the ‘wang-wang mentality.’”

He described what happened as a “convergence that directly links individuals, through social and traditional media, to broader efforts to achieve social change, by bringing to light any possible wrongdoing.”

He noted that public engagement is “the bedrock of democracy.” He said it is a very potent tool since it deters the illicit and unlawful.  With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News