Lawmakers seek probe into viral QC road rage

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — Some lawmakers in the country have filed resolutions seeking an investigation into the viral road rage incident in Quezon City involving a former cop assaulting a cyclist.

In Senate Resolution No. 763 filed on Tuesday, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Pia Cayetano stressed that the incident was “a serious case involving public order and safety, which cannot simply be settled amicably and swept under the rug.”

It also highlighted the issue of road sharing, the senators said, adding this concept has long been “ignored by and is alien” to many motorists.

Citing the Philippine government’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, Cayetano and Zubiri said that “it is vital that we protect our cyclists traversing in traffic through the provision of physical barriers to ensure their safety…”

In House Resolution 1231, meanwhile, 1-Rider Party-list Representatives Rodge Gutierrez and Bonifacio Bosita said there is a need to probe gun-toting incidents against two-wheeled riders.

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Gutierrez said that the recent incident was “not an isolated” case.

“Inaaral natin ang mga posibleng pagbabago sa gun regulations, o ‘di naman kaya ay pinahigpit na parusa sa mga abusadong active and retired law enforcement natin,” Gutierrez said.

[Translation: We’re studying possible changes in gun regulations, or imposing tougher penalties against abusive enforcers who are either active or already retired.]

The driver in the viral video who drew a gun against an unarmed cyclist last Aug. 8 was identified as Wilfredo Gonzales, a former member of the police force.