Richard speaks up about his driver’s speeding violation

Richard Gutierrez

Last night, a breaking news from 24 Oras featured Richard Gutierrez‘s driver violate the speed limit on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. His driver was identified as Loreto Figueroa.

According to the media and MMDA officials, Richard was cursing his driver because of driving too fast. The driver was then found out borrowed from Annabelle Rama’s (Richard’s mother and manager).

MMDA officer Angelito Diendo stated:
Siguro ‘yong galit niya sa driver, e, nabuga din niya sa…dahil lumabas siya at nagalit din siya sa driver. Nakapagmura nga siya, pero hindi naman kami… Hindi direct na kami ang minumura niya.”

This statement made Richard angry. He said that he was not rude to the MMDA officers when he was confronted. He did not say anything harsh nor didn’t get mad. As seen in the video, he was calm.

But what irritates Richard was the conversation he overheard between MMDA official Angelito Diendo and Ronnie Rivera.

Sir, si Richard Gutierrez po itong nahuli namin,” one of the officers said over the radio.

“Ayan, tiketan mo ‘yan para matauhan at matawagan ang mga reporters mamaya.” answered by the man on the radio.

Ronnie Rivera, denied that he wanted to call the media for this incident. He explained that some members of the media was already at the place to cover the MMDA operations and that none of the media was present when the actor was there.

On the other side, Loreto Figueroa admitted that he didn’t know about the overspeeding policy that was imposed by the MMDA last January 2011. Figueroa violated the 60kph-maximum speed limit because he was going at 79kph.

Richard has a statement for the members of media who covered this isssue:
Before they put that as a headline, siguro kunin muna nila side ko. This is not the first time that happened to me. It happens to me every time. Wala pa ang side ko, nasa headlines na agad.”

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