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MANILA, Philippines - Robert Blair Carabuena, tobacco firm executive caught on video mauling an MMDA traffic enforcer, could not have picked a more pitiful underdog to assault on national television.
A News5 team on Wednesday visited the hovel in Payatas, Quezon City, where Saturnino Fabros, 47, is singlehandedly raising six children. They spoke with a lowly public servant trying to raise a family all alone, and on a salary of P8,000 a month.
His eldest child broke down while trying to rationalize her father’s decision to stoically absorb the blows and the curses that Carabuena rained on him after he accosted the executive for insisting on driving while Fabros was manning traffic at the corner of Tandang Sora and Capitol Hills in Quezon City.
She said her father had been forced to show restraint (“nagtimpi”) apparently because he was thinking of his family, and she wept at the thought of the humiliation he suffered for that.
Fabros is a 20-year veteran at the MMDA, and the agency’s management bared plans Wednesday to promote him to Traffic Enforcer 2.
His peers at the MMDA took turns holding him up as a kind, meek man.
His daughter called him a hero (“bayani”), as she recalled their shock at seeing their father being manhandled on television.