Alyzza Agustin, the FHM model who was put under hot seat in the so called “No Traffic Arrest” scandal has apologized.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Plans Chief Superintendent Alexander Ignacio was also dragged in the scandal as his watermarked calling card was the one showed by Agustin in order to escape a traffic violation, which was breaking the coding law.
Agustin apologized using her Facebook Fan Page where she specifically mentioned Ignacio.
“I would like to apologize to everyone who was affected and offended by my post, fellow motorist, Director (Sic) Alexander C. Ignacio and his family and the PNP Institution as a whole,” Agustin said. “I was overwhelmed by the moment because because I was caught in traffic for hours coming from work.”
“I mean no harm to everyone and just like any Filipino motorist, would like a little convenience on the road,” the model added. “Naniniwala naman po ako ang bawat isa sa atin ay may pagkukulang din naman sa daan. Pasensya na po sa aking pagkakamali.”
The apology came an hour before the Facebook Fan Page was deactivated.
Ignacio Denies Ties, Calling Card has no Power
Ignacio, who is currently at Malaysia for ASEAN police conference, vehemently denied that he knows Agustin.
“First of all, I categorically deny that I personally know Alyzza Agustin, who claimed that she used my business card to avoid getting traffic citations,” Ignacio said via a statement.
He added that she was never his executive assistant and no such position is being held from his office. Despite admitting that he use to give his calling card to people who requested for it, it doesn’t represent his office and it will never become a token for traffic violation excuse.
“(My calling card) goes with implied condition that I will not be used to violate laws, to shorten prescribed procedures, and for illegal gain,” Ignacio said. “I will not tolerate the use of my business card, the facilities of my office or the privileges of rank for unlawful purposes.”
MMDA Summoned Agustin
In a statement, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Francis Tolentino said the agency won’t tolerate people who used a calling card bearing the names of officials in order to avoid apprehension after breaking a law.
MMDA is the agency that implements the number coding in Metro Manila. Tolentino said breaking the code should subject someone into penalty.
“Hindi natin pinapayagan, hindi natin tinotolerate yung gumamit ng pangalan ng iba para manakot o hindi sundin yung kasalukuyang batas trapiko,” said Tolentino who also invited Agustin to his office for a chance to explain her side.