Actor Phillip Salvador admitted that he lost his temper when a bus hit his car Wednesday morning, January 21, along E. delos Santos Ave (EDSA) in Mandaluyong City.
In an interview with radio dzBB the following day, the Baler actor apologized for his emotional outburst in hitting the bus driver named Michael Baino
On GMA News, however, Phillip clarified that he was issuing an apology not to the driver but to the public and to the bus passengers at the time.
"Hindi ko pinagmamalaki ang ginawa ko. Mali iyon. Outburst iyon," he said.
Being a Christian, Phillip added, he really regretted hitting the driver. He explained that he just got worried for the safety of his family who were with him in the car.
"May kamalian din ako, inaamin ko iyon... Sa ibang pasahero ng bus, paulit-ulit akong humihingi ng tawad, pero pamilya ko ang kasama ko."
Phillip related that the altercation happened around 10:30 a.m. along EDSA corner Boni Avenue when the bus driven by Baino crossed the yellow lane and hit the side mirror of his silver gray car.
"Lumampas iyong ulo ng bus sa yellow lane. Lumabas ako. Sabi ko, ‘Ano ka ba, papatayin mo ba kami?"
Baino replied that he did not see the actor's car while maneuvering his bus. Phillip stepped out of the car and tried to hit the driver through the bus window. And then he boarded the bus, hit Baino on the head and threw a punch to his forehead. The actor stressed that he did not maul the bus driver.
"Nasaktan ko nga siya. Nabatukan ko siya at nasuntok ko siya isang beses sa noo 'ata. Pero kung binugbog ko siya, wasak ang mukha niya," he said.
What aggravated Phillip was that the driver never apologized to him. He stated in the interview, "I was just waiting for a 'sorry', wala akong narinig. Sabi niya sorry daw siya nang sorry, wala. Gusto lang nila kasi kumita sa mga artista."
During the confrontation, a traffic enforcer intervened and issued a traffic-violation ticket to Baino. The actor immediately clarified that he did not demand that the traffic officer issue the ticket. But the officer volunteered to give the ticket because he himself saw that the public vehicle had gone out of the yellow lane.
Phillip called the attention of bus drivers to take extra precaution to ensure the safety of their passengers. "Huwag nilang gagawin iyon. May responsibilidad sila sa mga tao. Buhay ang mga dala-dala nila."
At press time, according to GMA News, the Mandaluyong City Police has yet to get a statement from Baino, who had earlier declared that he would file unjust vexation and physical injuries against the actor.