Foreigner spits at tricycle driver in fit of road rage on Roxas Boulevard
A foreigner was caught spitting at a tricycle driver during a squabble that happened on the service road of Roxas Boulevard in Manila last March 12.
The tricycle driver, identified as 30-year-old Dhenis Agatep of Libertad, Pasay city, was driving passenger Maria Larawan and her young niece around 10:30 a.m. four days ago when the the headlight of his tricycle hit the back side of a foreigner’s car. Agatep said he did not notice that the foreigner suddenly stopped in the middle of the road, which is why his tricycle hit the car.
“Nung una po talaga binubusinahan ko na po siya dahil po sa alanganin na pwesto nya sa kalsada hanggang po makapasok siya sa tamang way ng kalsada at bago po kami makarating ng stop light,” Agatep told INQUIRER today.
“Hindi ko po talaga napansin yung bigla nyang pagkakahinto sa harapan ng tricycle ko kaya po tumama yung headlight ng tricycle ko dun sa bahagi ng likod ng sasakyan.”
Agatep, however, mentioned that he wasn’t driving fast at all because there was a child on board the tricycle. “Yung pasahero ko po kasi may kasamang batang babae kaya po hindi aka ganun kabilis na magpatakbo.”
Agatep gave pictures of his tricycle to INQUIRER, pointing out that it was the black casing of his tricycle that hit the car. In a zoomed in picture, white scratches can be seen below the “Monster” logo; he said that this was the only part of his tricycle that hit the foreigner’s vehicle.
The foreigner, who remained unidentified, did not take the hit too well as he got out of his car and confronted Agatep. This was when Agatep’s passenger, Larawan, took out her phone to record the confrontation.
In the video, the foreigner can be seen yelling and cursing at Agatep, who sat calmly on his tricycle. “Fucking idiot!” the foreigner yelled. “You’re a fucking idiot! Asshole! I’ll fight you! Fucking idiot!”
The foreigner was the one driving the vehicle, but had a Filipino woman, likely his partner or wife, as his passenger.
Agatep can be heard in the video reasoning with the foreigner’s Filipina partner, saying, “Bigla kayong huminto te, eh,” Agatep defended. “Dapat hindi kayo nag-preno, te, bigla kayong huminto eh. Kitang kita naman.”
A Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officer approached the two upon seeing the commotion, but was yelled at by the foreigner as well. “May lumapit po na MMDA pero po nung lumapit siya ay bigla nalang po sya sinigawan at minura nung banyaga,” Agatep told INQUIRER.
As Agatep tried to step down from his tricycle, the foreigner turned to him and that was when he spat at Agatep in anger. Witnesses in the scene can be heard reacting loudly in the video, as they called foul over the foreigner’s action.
Larawan, Agatep’s passenger, confirmed that the foreigner spat at Agatep twice, but Agatep just remained calm. “Naawa po ako sobra kasi dalawang beses po ang pagdura na ginawa sa kaniya,” Larawan told INQUIRER. “Di lang nakunan yung una [na pagdudura] pero hindi talaga gumanti si kuya, kalmado lang siya.”
When asked why he did not defend himself after being spat at, Agatep said that he admits he was in the wrong. “Hindi ko na po inisip na depensahan ang sarili ko dahil aminado naman po ako na mali ako sa pagkakabangga ko sa kanya.”
Agatep and Larawan were not able to get the plate number of the foreigner’s car, nor were they able to remember its model. Larawan just described it as an SUV and in the video, it can be seen with a brown color. Larawan said they weren’t able to take the necessary information since Agatep blanked out during the incident.
“Hindi nga po nakuha plate number, yun po ang problema,” Larawan said. “Nablanko si kuya kaya di niya napansin.”
Meanwhile, Agatep told INQUIRER that he is now doing all right, although he admits feeling hurt after watching the video. “Sa ngayon po ok naman po ang kalagayan ko pero nasaktan dun ako nung mapanood ko ang video.” Agatep’s family, too, were hurt upon seeing it.
Thus far, not much information is known about the foreigner, nor of his whereabouts. Larawan’s video, on the other hand, has amassed almost two million views after just four days since its uploading.
The video of the foreigner spitting at Agatep may be watched below.
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