Jinno John Simon, the Grab passenger who recently caught himself treading on thin ice after beating Grab driver Armando Yabut who did not return his lost phone right away, has finally turned himself loose to the media. In an exclusive interview with Jasmine Romero for TV Patrol, Simon was regretful of assaulting Yabut.
The apologetic passenger said,
“Inaamin ko mali talaga ‘yong ginawa kong pananakit, maling-mali talaga ‘yon.”
“Humihingi po ako ng tawad sa nagawa ko kay Mr. Yabut, nadala lang ako ng emosyon.”
He confessed that he was terrified from the death threats he was receiving ever since the Grab driver’s Facebook post went viral.
“Sobrang sama po ng pangalan ko, e. Sirang-sira na po eh. Di ako makauwi ng apartment ko, di ako makakuha ng gamit ko, wala akong damit. Maraming nagbabanta sa akin. Nakakatakot po.”
He also pointed out the fact that the driver feigned clean intentions when returning the phone because the driver was not picking up his calls.
“Mga three to four, five times and then pinatay niya ‘yong cellphone ko.”
The passenger advanced the complaint to Grab’s customer service for immediate help, where they were able to contact the driver and inform him of the lost mobile phone.
Grab driver Armando Yabut, who only returned the mobile phone to its owner on February 9, recalled that he pleaded for the raging passenger’s pardon by the time he turned over the phone to him. The abused driver narrated,
“Halos lumuhod ako sa kaniya, hinimas-himas ko siya na parang santo. Nagso-sorry ako, sabi kong pakinggan n’ya ang explain ko pero ‘di nya ako pinakinggan. Sabi niya sa’kin tuturuan niya ako ng leksiyon. Hangga’t maaari gusto ko po siya makita sa kulungan.”
The driver’s legal counsel disregarded the passenger’s apology.
Atty. Ariel Inton said:
“Kahit anong sabihin niya, lahat ‘yan kathang-isip niya. Pagpalagay nating totoo ang sinabi niya, bakit mo gugulpihin?”
Grab Philippines Spokesperson Leo Gonzales assured the assaulted driver of the company’s support.
“We are supporting our driver through this difficult time. Aside from having our legal counsel available if needed, we will be giving support to help either medications and to tide him by for a couple of days.”
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