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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

BCPO to public on viral road rage, "Report to authorities, not on social media"

Baguio City, Philippines – The Baguio City Police Office appealed to the public to report incidents or suspicious activities to law enforcers instead of posting on social media.

The police statement came after the viral road rage along Father Carlo Loop, Session Road on Sept. 19, 2023. Instead of calling the city cops for proper intervention, those who witnessed the scene took out their phones to record it and post it on Facebook.

In the video, a motorist and a taxi driver can be seen grappling. They let go of each other when a woman who was said to be the motorist's companion intervened.

The taxi driver then ran, while the motorist briefly went after him, holding a knife in his right hand. After a while, he and the woman went back inside the car and left.

Shortly after, the taxi driver went to report to BCPO. He said that the altercation started after the motorist cut in front, almost hitting him. This prompted him to honk his vehicle’s horn.

Had the police been notified right away, they could have identified the motorist immediately. Up to now, his name is still unknown but BCPO has already sought the aid of Land Transportation Office.

“In circumstances where time is of the essence, it's essential to prioritize safety and security by reaching out directly to the authorities. By doing so, we can ensure an effective response and appropriate actions are taken in a timely manner,” reminded the city police.

“Please remember that posting on social media platforms may introduce unnecessary delays and potentially hinder a swift response to the incident. Reporting directly to the police allows them to assess and handle the situation efficiently,” they added.

Meanwhile, LTO Chief, Assistant Secretary Vigor D. Mendoza II expressed his plan to endorse to Congress a special law to penalize road rage suspects.



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