Mandaluyong hit-and-run: Victim accepts SUV driver's apology, but says case will push through

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15)— Security guard Christian Floralde, the victim in the viral hit-and-run in Mandaluyong City, said he has already accepted the apology of the SUV driver involved in the incident.

But despite this and a standing offer to shoulder his medical bills, Floralde said the case against Jose Antonio Sanvicente will still push through.

"Tinatanggap ko po 'yung public apology niya, pero kailangan pa rin po 'yung harapin niya 'yung kaso na nakasampa sa kanya sa korte," Floralde told CNN Philippines' News Night on Wednesday. "Tuloy pa rin po 'yung kaso."

[Translation: I accept his public apology, but he needs to face the case filed against him in court. The case will push through.]

Police earlier charged Sanvicente with frustrated murder and abandonment of one's own victim.

Floralde said he understands the plight of Sanvicente's parents— who had lamented how the viral incident could ruin their son's life.

"Pero 'yung pangit lang po doon, kasi parang ako pa ang sinisisi kung bakit nasira po 'yung kinabukasan ng anak nila, sa nangyari," he said.

[Translation: The bad thing about it is that, they seem to be blaming me for what's going to happen for their son's future.]

On recovery, future plans

Sanvicente surfaced and surrendered to the police more than a week after the incident, which left Floralde hospitalized due to serious injuries.

Floralde said he's currently recovering in the province, but bared he is still "in pain."

"'Yung importante lang sa akin ngayon, buhay po ako (What's important is that I'm still alive)," he said.

But what's next for Floralde? The security guard said he still plans to return to the same line of work.

"Kasi 'yan na rin po 'yung nakagisnan ko. Sanay na rin po ako (It's the kind of work I'm used to, I'm familiar with this work.)"