- The Philippine National Police denied accusations that there was a special treatment for SUV driver Jose Antonio Sanvicente
- In a presscon on Thursday, PNP Spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo explained that the PNP had to go through the legal process
- She also said that the public must respect the mandate of the prosecutor's office
- In the absence of a waiver that the SUV driver would submit to proper judicial authorities, Fajardo said that he cannot be held in custody
The PNP has denied accusations that the SUV driver, Jose Antonio Sanvicente, was given a special treatment.
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Facing the press, PNP Spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo, said that they could not detain the SUV driver as they have legal procedures to follow regarding his case.
She said that since there's no warrant for the arrest of the suspect, they could not arrest and take him into custody.
"Records will indicate na may mga insidente na malalaki pong tao na inaresto at idinaan sa legal na proseso. It so happened ang PNP has to go to the legal process at kailangan po nating respetuhin ang mandato at restriction ng prosecutor’s office at pati na rin po ang ating judicial authorities," said Fajardo.
She also stated that the PNP has no legal ground to bring the suspect in their custody.
“Wala na pong legal ground ang PNP para po ipasailalim sa aming kustodiya ang respondent..." Fajardo said.
As per PTV News, the SUV driver is scheduled for a preliminary investigation on June 17 at the Prosecutor's Office in Mandaluyong City.
His lawyer also signified that he will be present in the said hearing.
Sen. Tito Sotto, umalma sa pa-presscon ng PNP sa SUV driver: "What's happening to our country, Mr. President?"
The viral incident, where a security guard who was directing traffic was ran over by a RAV-4, happened in Mandaluyong. A video captured the whole incident and it has gone viral on social media.
Sen. Tito Sotto took to Twitter and asked the Philippine National Police why the SUV driver was not subjected to a drug test. The senator started his tweet signifying that he was not quite convinced that the PNP followed the rules. "PNP says they followed rules? Really?" asked the senator. It was then followed up with another question, "Bakit hindi niyo subject to drug test? RA 10586 says so!"
Sen. Tito Sotto took to Twitter and expressed his indignation over the recent presscon of the SUV driver with his parents. The senator, in a fiery post said, "Kapag mahirap nagnakaw ng bayabas, kulong agad." He then followed up his statement with a question directed at the President. Sen. Sotto asked, "What's happening to our country Mr. President?"