INHUMANE. A screenshot of the video that showed a white sports utility vehicle driven by a certain Mr. San Vicente running over security guard Christian Floralde at the intersection of Julia Vargas Ave. and St. Francis St. in Mandaluyong City on June 5, 2022. The victim survived with major body injuries while the driver has yet to be arrested. (Screengrab from Miko Angelo Ramos Facebook)

MANILA – There should be an arrest warrant by now for the driver of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) involved in a hit-and-run incident that injured a security guard-traffic enforcer in Mandaluyong City a week ago.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he can’t comprehend why authorities are “so tentative about this fellow".

“Invite? Surrender? Arrest is the better word!" he tweeted on Sunday night.

In an interview Monday, Sotto reiterated that since the driver has been identified based on the vehicle’s documents, he should be arrested right away.

“So, what's wrong? Blatant eh, kitang-kita eh (It's obvious). A good driver would not do that," he said in an interview, referring to the driver (“Mr. San Vicente”) who deliberately ran over Christian Floralde at the intersection of Julia Vargas Avenue and St. Francis Street on June 5.

Floralde, 31, signaled the vehicles to stop but the white SUV involved did not and eventually injured the victim.

"’Yun lang aso kundi kaya pusa, iiwasan mo eh. Ito tao eh. Anong klase yun (You will avoid running over a dog or a cat. But this involved a human being. What is that)?" Sotto said.

Sotto believes that San Vicente will still drive around even if the Land Transportation Office revoked his license.

He urged the authorities to take action and do it the right way.

"It is a bad sign for the people. It is a bad sign for other drivers na okay lang pala eh. Kailangan talaga kumilos ang otoridad (that it is okay. The authorities need to move). People might think that they are incompetent," Sotto added. (PNA)