A man named Robert Blair Carabuena was caught on video manhandling an MMDA traffic enforcer after he was flagged down for not stopping his vehicle (the other guy is his brother Benjamin). I do not know what caused him to go ballistic but from an outsider’s point of view there was nothing that would make you support the guy after watching him belittle and maul the poor Saturnino Fabros.
Maybe he is a good friend, son, office mate and citizen of this land so I would not go down and call him names but it is clear and evident from the video that he did something wrong. Maybe it was a wrong call on the part of the MMDA enforcer but that does not give anyone a right to hurt another individual. In an interview his father said that Mr. Fabros was the one who started it when he curse at Carabuena and tapped his Volvo. Still, not a good reason to slap and berate the enforcer.
*Mr. Carabuena is reportedly an HR supervisor for tobacco giant Philip Morris International. As of posting he has refused to talk to TV 5 regarding the incident and has since deactivated his social media profiles.
Update: Cigarette maker Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) said it has suspended its executive, “pending the outcome of the investigation” while MMDA T/C Fabros has already filed direct assault charges against him.
A reader commented on the post with Carabuena’s personal information (mobile number and home address), I was tempted to publish it but I believe that he still has a right to privacy so I decided against it. Sorry about that dear reader, I hope you understand. Journalism ethics tells me not to do so and my former professors would likely reprimand me (Hi Prof!). Aside from that some vigilante might go to his house and also put the law in his hands. (Anarchy is not the solution folks)
You might want to know more about MMDA enforcer Saturnino Fabros, the 47 year old father of six who was the receiver of Mr. Carabuena’s road rage. Watch this video from TV 5’s Interaksyon.
Read: Why MMDA traffic aide took it on the chin (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Till my next rant. Peace and Stay fresh and cool madlang pipol. Walang magandang naidudulot ang init ng ulo. 🙂
“A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot…”
― Robert A. Heinlein
PS. Another road rage incident caught on camera is circulating online. Click here to see the video.
Breaking News (August 23, 2012): Carabuena apologizes for assaulting MMDA man