MANILA - A driver has apologized for a viral video that showed him driving in Manila traffic, cutting off other cars and provoking another driver after he hit another vehicle's side mirror.
In the Facebook video, the driver, identified as Tito Cosejo Jr, showed how he would go into "beast mode" behind the wheel and how he would prevent other vehicles from getting ahead of him.
At one point in the video, a second driver confronted Cosejo after he hit the side mirror of his vehicle.
Instead of apologizing, Cosejo and friends from inside the vehicle mocked the second driver before driving off. He also said in the video that he always remains calm while also issuing a threat to those who would confront him.
A video of the incident posted by Top Gear Philippines has been shared 13,000 times as of posting, provoking many angry comments.
In a statement posted on the Facebook wall of his wife, Diana Laserna Cosejo, the driver apologized for making the "beast mode" video, which he said was made "a few years ago."
"It was a harmless trip that went wrong and now has gone viral on the internet. Let me share with you the lessons I learned the hard way," he said.
"I take full responsibility for my actions that day. It was a huge lapse in judgement, and I’d like to apologize to anyone and everyone affected by my carelessness."
"People make mistakes and in every mistake there's a lesson to be learned. Unfortunately, I had to learn mine the hard way."
Cosejo also shared what he has learned from the experience, saying that the past "has a way of haunting us."
He also said having fun is not harmless when it's done at the expense of others.
He added that he is ready to face the consequences of his actions.
For her part, Diana Cosejo said she is "not proud of what my husband did and will not defend something indefensible."
"But I am proud of him for taking responsibility for his actions and admitting his mistake. What's done can no longer be undone, but he is truly sorry and has learned his lesson. We can all expect him not to do that ever again," she said.
Mrs. Cosejo said her husband has changed a lot in the past two years and is not the same man he was in the video.
She also apologized on her husband's behalf and urged the public not to post pictures of their baby.
Cosejo has also sent an appeal to Top Gear Philippines, saying that his wife and child are receiving threats as a result of the video.
"Ako po yung nasa video na naka-post sa fan page niyo. Madami po threats sa mag-ina ko at ayoko lang madamay pa sila nang lubusan. Ano po ba ang maipapayo niyong pinakamagandang gawin ko? Hindi ko masisisi ang reaction ng tao. Ang ikinalulungkot ko lang pati misis ko, pati yung 19-month-old kong anak, ay pinapatulan ng iba. Masakit po iyon para sa akin. Sana po maintindihan niyo ang kalagayan ko ngayon at ng pamilya ko," the message from Cosejo said.
Top Gear, however, has pointed out that Cosejo's apology is a lie, noting that many citizens have pointed out that the video was shot recently. According to one netizen, at least one building in the video was completed only in late 2014.
Some new design license plates, which were issued recently, could also be seen in the video.
Top Gear said a penalty should be imposed on Cosejo for the video. However, it also urged the public not to involve Cosejo's loved ones in the issue.