A BAND member identified as the driver of a a Sports Utility Vehicle sporting the protocol plate no. 8 that got involved in two road rage incidents last week was arrested on Tuesday night by agents of the Philippine National Police in a bar in Tarlac City.
Suspect Jojo Valerio, a member of a group of musicians calling themselves “Lil Eyes Band,” was tracked down inside the Baketeers Bar and Grill in Tarlac City by members of the Police Regional Office 3 and the 3rd Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, said PRO3 director Chief Supt. Amador Corpus.
The suspect was positively identified by Jesusito Palma, 26, a resident of Bgy. Anunas in Angeles City, as the man who punched him in the face around 1:30 a.m. last Sunday.
Valerio escaped in an FJ Cruiser with an 8 license plate.
Officials said Valerio is not a relative of any congressman but was just using a vehicle with 8 license plate reserved only for members of the House of Representatives.
Witnesses in Mabalacat, Pampanga helped police uncover the identity of the suspect who was seen in a viral video of a road rage incident last Sunday in Bgy. Balibago in Angeles City.
Valerio’s first road rage victim in Congressional Avenue in Quezon City on Saturday last week also provided an information to identify the suspect.
That viral video showed a man punching the driver of a red car while he was being pacified by his male companions. The suspect and his companions later left the area in an SUV with 8 license plate.
Police are searching for the FJ Cruiser with no. 8 license plate that turned out to be the SUV involved in the twin road rage incidents.
Charges for serious physical injuries, grave threat, usurpation of authority and violation of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code were filed against the suspect.
SPEAKER ARROYO ORDERS RECALL OF PROTOCOL 8 PLATES
Former President-turned Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday ordered the recall of all protocol 8 plates issued during the previous Congresses starting 16th Congress.
“The honorable Speaker has given instructions for the immediate recall of all protocol plates issued during the 16th Congress and earlier. Kindly return these car plates to the office of the secretary-general for proper acknowledgement,” House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. told his colleagues during yesterday’s plenary session after a Toyota FJ Cruiser with protocol plate “8” figured in a viral road rage video in Angeles City.
The present 17th Congress did not issue any protocol plate 8.
Andaya, who chairs the House Committee on Rules, lamented that vehicles with protocol plate 8 were spotted in “indecent places or figured in crime-related activities.”
House Deputy Minority Leader and AKO-Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., a lawyer, said the owner of the protocol plate 8 should come out after police authorities arrested a band member in Tarlac City for punching a motorist.
Bernard Galang, Jester Manalastas and Ryan Ponce Pacpaco