Alyssa Alano calls out to MMDA head Bayani Fernando for help

by Elyas Isabelo Salanga
Aug 17, 2008
Alyssa's car got hit supposedly by an MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) truck on her way home. Alyssa did not sustain any injury, but her black car now sports an uneven line of scratches with tinges of blue paint.

Comedian and Startalk co-host Alyssa Alano had a minor car accident Friday evening, August 15, involving an MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) truck sideswiping her car. 24 Oras reported the incident that same night and got a response from an MMDA spokesperson saying that the truck did not belong to them. Alyssa, however, was sure it was an MMDA truck that hit her car.

"Tumatakbo ako ng dahan-dahan kasi kakalagpas lang ng stoplight," Alyssa explained to co-host Joey de Leon. "Kasi, nakita ko ang truck, malaki. MMDA na malaking-malaki ang sulat. ‘Tapos, hindi ko siya hinabol kasi mag-isa lang ako at takot po ako. At kinabahan din ako ng sobra kasi first time ako maka-encounter ng banggaan."

MESSAGE TO CHAIRMAN BAYANI FERNANDO. Alyssa took the opportunity to call out to MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando regarding her issue. She said, "Chairman, puwede po ba na hanapin naman natin kung sino ang gumawa noon. Hindi naman po para ipagawa ang kotse ko-siguro lesson din na hindi na uulitin sa ibang maliliit na sasakyan kasi hindi komo malalaki sila, di ba, puwede na nilang..."

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"Buti na lang walang nangyari sa iyo," Joey said gravely.

"Yun pa yung pinasasalamatan ko na walang nangyari sa akin," Alyssa replied. Then, just to make things lighter, Alyssa joked, "Chairman, iboboto ko pa naman kayo sa eleksyon, naku, patulong naman po na mahanap!"

While the Startalk set echoed with Lolit's laugh, Joey asked Alyssa, "Kung sakaling aksyunan ni Chairman ito, e, anong klaseng aksyon? Palitan kotse mo, ipagawa?"

"Siguro po palitan," Alyssa quipped. "Hindi naman. Siguro po bigyan ng aral lang yung mga driver ng MMDA na malakas ang loob."

"Balita ko tinawanan ka pa [ng MMDA driver]," Joey followed.

"Opo," answered Alyssa. "Nilabas niya ang ulo ‘tapos tumatawa. ‘Tapos nagmura ako. Sorry."

Suddenly, Alyssa blurted a common swear word, which she had uttered after the offending driver just smiled at her after hitting her car.

"Hindi naman po ako sanay magmura," Alyssa said while Joey apologized on behalf of Alyssa's sudden outburst. "Pasensiya na po," Alyssa said. "Chairman [Conzoliza] dela Guardia, sorry po. Hindi ko po alam [ang] nasabi ko."

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MRS. MARIDES FERNANDO CALLING. Bayani Fernando's wife, Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando, called up Startalk a few minutes after Alyssa's televised request to assure her that her husband would take proper action.

"I just want to assure you na si Chairman, sinabi niya sa akin na iimbestigahan niya agad on Monday kung ano nangyari diyan. Kasi, kagabi, kararating lang niya from Hawaii. Hindi niya nakita yung in-interview ka sa television na naaksidente ka. Hindi rin niya nakita yung video clip about the damage. Sabi ko nga sa kanya na tignan niya."

Upon hearing that Chairman Bayani himself would investigate the issue, Alyssa said, "Ay, salamat po, Mayor, yun lang naman po ang hinihingi ko."

After ending the call with the mayor, Joey turned to Alyssa and jokingly asked, "Ano, maligaya ka na?"

"Siyempre," Alyssa said. "I'm happy!"

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