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MANILA, Philippines - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros, who shot to fame for stoically absorbing physical and verbal abuse from a road-rage-stricken motorist, is finding out how much sympathy he and his family have gotten from the public.
Besides the torrent of comments---often abusive as well—condemning his aggressor Robert Blair Carabuena and showing sympathy for him, Fabros is the beneficiary of a fund raiser by concerned citizens, notably TV5 host Arnell Ignacio.
On T3 on Friday afternoon, Ignacio presented Fabros a check for P50,000, representing the proceeds from the fund raiser that the TV host started shortly after learning of the lowly government employee’s dire situation.
The US-based VOC Foundation offered a scholarship to one of Fabros’s six children, it was announced at the show.
Also at T3, the hosts announced that Fabros will also receive a sack of rice, a gift certificate and two cabinets.
Fabros thanked Ignacio, “Maraming salamat po sa suporta mo sir, at malaki ang naitulong mo sa akin.”
One of his daughters thanked TV5 and T3, which had first aired Fabros’s story and the video taken by TV5 producers who happened to be at the scene when Robert Blair Carabuena repeatedly struck and cursed Fabros, who cited him for ignoring the traffic enforcer’s order to halt at the intersection of Tandang Sora and Capitol Hills in Quezon City.
Carabuena’s father explained that Fabros had provoked the outburst by repeatedly hitting the family’s Volvo S-60.
Before appearing at T3 on Friday, Fabros, a single father, and his six daughters, who were seen with him in their Payatas hovel in a video profile at InterAksyon.com, visited the InterAksyon office on Friday afternoon.
Fabros, despite a full-time job that earns him just P8,000 a month, stands as both mother and father to his daughters---Jorraine, Julianne, Janica, Joanna, Jennifer and Jusan---after his wife died. With Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com