By Ria Fernandez
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada admitted hitting a man during a parade last Chinese New Year in Binondo, Manila and explained that it was just an “outburst of anger”.
In a video that circulated online, Estrada was seen punching a man while he was on board a truck and giving away ang pao on Feb. 5.
The former president said in a statement released three days after the incident that the man leaped and grabbed his hand causing him to almost fall on his face.
The ang pao, according to Estrada, contained P20 and P50 bills.
“Isa itong insidente ng silakbo ng dugo dahil sa kagagawaan ng taong walang pakialam sa kaniyang kapwa (This is an incident due to an outburst of anger because of the action of a man who does not care for others),” Estrada said.
Meanwhile, Estrada also apologized after a senior citizen reportedly tumbled due to the commotion.
“Kung natumba ang matanda dahil sa pasaway na iyon, baka bumaba pa ako ng trak at nabigwasan ko pa siya (If the old man tumbled because of that unruly person, maybe I alighted from the truck and knocked him down with a fist blow),” he said.
“Gayunman, walang may gusto ng pangyayari at alam kong pagkabigla lang ang insidente kaya ako naman ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa publiko (Nevertheless, no one wanted what happened and I know that was just an incident on the spur of the moment that’s why I am apologizing to the public),” he added.