'Hindi po ako siga': Lawmaker who punched waiter insists he's no bully

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Posted at Jul 12 2019 11:30 AM | Updated as of Jul 12 2019 11:42 AM

Ang Probinsyano Party list Rep. Alfred Delos Santos arrives for the formal ceremonies for the proclamation of incoming Partylist Groups by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on May 22, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Ang Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Alfred Delos Santos on Thursday insisted that he was neither a "bully" nor a "troublemaker" after punching a waiter in Legazpi City.

The violent behavior of the lawmaker was caught in a CCTV video that went viral Thursday.

"I am not a bully or a troublemaker. Hindi po ako siga, astig or sanggano. The people who know me well can attest to that," the lawmaker said in a statement.

"This single incident does not represent me or my values, and I will prove it by working hard to deliver our party platform and campaign promises to fellow probinsyanos, and from hereon conduct myself as an exemplary public servant worthy of the trust and confidence our people placed on us last election," he said.

"Upon reflection on what had happened, I am really sorry that I have reacted the way I did. I should have known better, for that I am truly sorry. My emotions got the best of me," he added.

Delos Santos issued the apology amid reports that he could be axed from his post before formally assuming office on July 22.

Ang Probinsyano Party-list is a sectoral group that is supposed to represent in Congress Filipinos in provinces like the waiter Delos Santos punched.

"I have no excuse, only regret and the promise that it will not happen again," he said.

Delos Santos also apologized to his partymates and colleagues in Congress for dragging the chamber into the controversy.

"I know you are all disappointed and I humbly accept whatever decision that you make in relation to my nomination in the party-list," he said.

"I have learned my lesson out of this experience and given the chance, I would certainly commit myself to work even harder to advance the cause of our constituents, the probinsyanos," he said.

Delos Santos said waiter Christian Karl Alejo and his family had already accepted his apology and described the waiter as his "new friend."

"Out of this humbling experience, I have not just learned a lesson but I also gained a new friend who made me understand the meaning of humility and self-restraint," the lawmaker said.

Alejo denied this in a radio interview on DZMM.

"Pumunta siya dito, sir. Humihingi siya ng dispensa. Ang sabi ko, 'Kung hihingi ka ng dispensa, mag-sorry ka sa taumbayan na may media. Sabihin mo kung ano ang totoo,'" Alejo told DZMM's Kabayan.

Delos Santos initially said he hit the 20-year-old waiter for supposedly muttered unpleasant words while catering to their table. Alejo belied the allegation.