Road rage incidents go viral on social media


NO VIP TREATMENT Suspect Arnold Padilla has been moved to Camp Crame General Hospital where he won’t get special treatment. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Here are a few road rage incidents that went viral on social media:

Businessman Arnold Padilla, together with his wife, and bodyguards, became the unwitting stars of a viral road rage video last August as they were seen cursing and physically abusing traffic enforcers who had flagged down Padilla’s Mercedes-Benz and backup SUV for beating a red light on Edsa.

Days later, armed with a search warrant, police raided Padilla’s Magallanes home, and found firearms and two grenades.

The businessman was brought to St. Luke’s Medical Center after his blood pressure shot up, and was later brought to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives were filed against him, charges the businessman denies. He said he had firearms permits, and that the explosives were planted by the raiding team.

Another viral video involved the husband and wife tandem of government prosecutors Mark and Christine Estepa.

What could have been a simple case of illegal parking of their Hyundai van ended up in a full-blown argument with MMDA traffic enforcers.

Estepa refused to hand over her license after being accused of illegal parking, and debated with enforcers on the 5-minute grace period rule. She was also accused of hitting a traffic enforcer’s motorcycle. Later, the couple publicly apologized.

The viral video garnered 11 million views, and more than 100,000 comments, within just a few hours.

FILE – Mug shots of road rage suspect David Lim Jr. are taken during his booking at the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas. Charges of frustrated homicide and illegal gun possession to be filed against him before the Cebu City Prosecutors’Office today. Ador Vincent Mayol, CDN

Last year, David Lim Jr., nephew of prominent Cebu businessman and alleged drug lord Peter Lim, was caught on video shooting at Ephraim Montalbo Nunal.

According to an Inquirer report, Lim’s Mercedes Benz suddenly stopped in front of Nuñal and his friends’ vehicle as they were headed home from a party.

Nuñal blew his horn to signal the Benz’ driver to move his vehicle forward. Lim angrily stepped out of his car, and tried to punch Nuñal.

Lim then allegedly grabbed his gun and fired shots, hitting the nurse in the right ankle and left leg. Charges of frustrated homicide have been filed against Lim.

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