Jake Cuenca has finally given his side of the story about his involvement in a cop chase resulting from his SUV allegedly bumping a police car over the weekend.
Last Saturday, October 9, Jake reportedly side-swiped a police car in Mandaluyong City and sped off immediately afterwards, prompting authorities to chase after Jake’s car.
In an attempt to stop Jake's vehicle, the police fired shots at the actor’s car tires, which resulted in a stray bullet hitting a Grab delivery rider. The rider has since been taken to a nearby hospital and is now in stable condition.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Jake said that he took off because the police were not in uniform.
“When I have armed civilians flagging down my car with unmarked vehicles, my instinct talaga was to not stop, just to go forward, to just get away from trouble,” Jake explained.
The “Viral” actor also revealed that he was not aware that his car had bumped another vehicle.
“To be very honest, hindi ko talaga naramdaman ‘yung side swipe eh. Naguguluhan din kami kung saan nangyari ‘yung bangga kasi in my car, there’s no paint from anywhere. There’s no damage in my car aside from the damage that was caused by the gunshots,” said Jake.
According to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Police Brigadier General Matthew Bacay in a report by DZBB Super Radyo, the police were conducting a buy-bust operation in Barangay Barangka Ibaba, Mandaluyong when Jake’s SUV hit one of their vehicles.
“I understand that there are operations out there that we don’t know about and people are just doing their jobs. I completely understand that,” Jake said of the situation.
He admittedly found the whole incident “very traumatizing” and was surprised to learn that he was the one being chased by the police.
“It was very traumatizing,” he admitted. “I’ll be very honest na I think ‘yung hindi nasasabi minsan kasi, in the middle of the car chase, in the middle na hinahabol ako ng unmarked cars and pinagbababaril ako. At that point I didn't know they were undercover cops... I thought they were shooting for me.”
He also made clear that he was not put in jail and was submissive to the authorities: “I followed everything they wanted me to do. I followed due process. Hindi ako nanlaban. Hindi ko sila pinahirapan.”
Learning about the injured Grab rider, Jake wants to extend his help “in any way, shape, or form" to the rider and his family.
He went on to express his appreciation for the support he's received following the incident: “Andami pong taong nag-text sa akin. A lot of people expressed their concern. I really appreciate that."
"From my family, my friends, to my fans, to Kylie (Verzosa, his girlfriend), but especially also to my dad and Paulo (Avelino) who were there with me all through the night, all through the experience, and who stood there by my side," he added.
On Monday morning, October 11, the police charged Jake with cases of disobedience to a person in authority and reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property.
Jake has decided not to file a complaint against the police and just wants the case to be fully resolved.
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