Alyzza Agustin in a 2012 FHM pictorial. Kench Genato/Photo from FHM's official website
MANILA - Glamour model Alyzza Agustin has apologized to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Plans Chief Superintendent Alexander Ignacio after she claimed in a Facebook post that she was let off a traffic violation because of their ties.
Agustin issued the apology Tuesday night on her Facebook page, which had over 79,000 followers before apparently getting deactivated within an hour of her posting the message.
"I would like to apologize to everyone who was affected and offended by my post, fellow motorists, Director (sic) Alexander C. Ignacio and his family and the PNP Institution as a whole," Agustin said. "I was just overwhelmed by that moment because I was caught in traffic for hours coming from work."
In her viral and now deleted Facebook post using the same account, Agustin said she was let go by traffic enforcers despite violating the number-coding scheme after she showed Ignacio's alleged business card.
The business card had the words "PLS ASSIST MY EA, ALYZZA AGUSTIN," and allegedly bore Ignacio's signature.
"Nahuli nanaman ako dahil coding but because of you, Boss Alex, wala ng huli huli. Thank you so much sa napaka useful mong card with matching dedication pa #happykid," Agustin said.
In her apology, Agustin clarified that she does not personally know Ignacio.
Agustin added: "I mean no harm to anyone and just like any Filipino motorist, would like a little convenience on the road. Naniniwala po ako ang bawat isa sa atin ay may pag kukulang din naman sa daan. Pasensya na po sa aking pagkakamali."
The police officer earlier on Tuesday also denied having personal ties with the model and hinted that that business card was fake.
"First of all, I categorically deny that I personally know Alyzza Agustin, who claimed that she used my business card to avoid getting a traffic citation," Ignacio said in a statement.
Ignacio said the business card used by Agustin was not an official card representing his office.
"I am a Chief Superintendent (1 star rank) and not a director (2 stars)," he noted.
He also said that Agustin is not his executive assistant, and there is no such position in his office.