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MANILA, Philippines – Tobacco giant Philip Morris’s Philippine office has suspended its executive Robert Blair Carabuena, captured on a widely circulated video assaulting Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic officer Saturnino Fabros in Quezon City last weekend.
The company’s official statement, released on Thursday, said: "The Metro Manila Development Authority has announced that it will file charges against Robert Blair Carabuena, an employee of PMFTC [Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp.], over an incident with a traffic enforcer that took place on Saturday, August 11. Mr. Carabuena was on his personal time and not on duty for the company at the time.
“PMFTC has suspended Mr. Carabuena pending the outcome of the investigation.
“PMFTC reiterates that it does not condone inappropriate conduct by any of our employees."
Earlier, concerned citizens had petitioned the tobacco firm to take action against Carabuena for his heavy-handed reaction to Fabros's move to cite him for ignoring the traffic officer's order to halt at an intersection.