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Robert Blair Carabuena sorry: Motorist makes public apology for assaulting MMDA traffic enforcer (Full Text)

By on Aug 23, 2012 in Asia, Lifestyle Comments

Manila, PhilippinesRobert Blair Carabuena, the motorist who was caught on video last week assaulting a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer, made a public apology this Thursday, August 23, 2012, as shown in the photo below. The full text of his apology letter is available below.

Robert Blair Carabuena, reading his apology letter
Image Credit: Yves Gonzalez Twitter

MMDA Traffic Discipline chief Yves Gonzalez on Thursday morning posted on his official Twitter account a photo of Carabuena while reading his letter of apology in front of MMDA chief Francis Tolentino and several MMDA traffic enforcers at the MMDA headquarters that morning.

Carabuena, a tobacco company manager, was caught on video by TV5 on Saturday, August 11, humiliating and slapping Saturnino “Sonny” Fabros in public, a MMDA traffic enforcer, who told reporters the incident happened after he tried to apprehend Carabuena over a traffic violation.

After the video was posted online, netizens criticized Carabuena, a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University and was with his brother Robert Benjamin that time, on Twitter and Facebook. Some of them are asking for a public apology and others want his driver’s license be suspended.

“Nitong nakaraang linggo, naramdaman ko po ang galit ng publiko sa aking inasal. Simula ng lumabas ang video sa media at social media, minabuti ko pong manatili muna sa aming tahanan. Kinailangan kong humingi ng payo sa aking pamilya at mga kaibigan, gayon na rin sa aking mga abugado,” Carabuena said, while reading his apology letter.

(This past week, I felt the anger of the public for my misbehavior. After the video was released in media and social media, I thought it would be better if I stay at home. I needed to ask advices from my family, friends, and from my lawyer.)

Carabuena emphasized that he is not hiding, and asked for a second chance after learning that Chairman Tolentino will request for the cancellation of his driver’s license, noting he needs it on his work. He noted on the latter part that he wants to personally apologize to Sonny Fabros, who was not around that time.

Fabros, who has been working as a MMDA traffic enforcer for 27 years, was recently promoted from Traffic Constable 1 to Traffic Constable 2, and received a lot of moral and financial support after the incident, with Gonzalez saying that Tolentino announced that the case is pushing through despite the public apology.

Full text of Robert Blair Carabuena’s apology letter
Image Credit: Yves Gonzalez Twitter

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