A gray Maserati Ghibli sedan--with what appears to be conduction sticker number OO-0063 or QQ-0063--crashed into a jeepney on Regalado Avenue corner Bristol Street in Fairview, Quezon City, late last evening.
In our post on our Facebook page, we wrote the caption: "A jeepney went over a Maserati." But a man by the name of Caloii Neyqui, who claims to reside around the area, wrote us the following (in italics):
This is about your Maserati-versus-jeepney post. I went there to get the real story behind the incident; I live near the area. The jeepney driver was not at fault, according to witnesses. In fact, he was waiting for the light to turn green--he was already about to bring back the jeep to the garage--when the speeding Maserati hit him from behind. Actually, kawawa yung driver ng jeep, kasi after he got hit by the luxury car, nahagip pa ng isang bus yung harap ng jeep. Let's give our manong jeepney drivers the benefit of the doubt. Hindi lahat ay barubal. Grabe kasi ang mga comments sa page nyo.
In other words, it was the Ghibli that went under the jeepney, and not the jeepney over the Maserati.
On his personal Facebook page, Neyqui shared our post and said:
Here's a clear example of how judgmental we Filipinos are. Jeep versus luxury car...luxury car wins even if it is the one at fault.
One of the photos below appears to show three male passengers inside the Maserati, including the driver. None of them seem to have been seriously hurt.
Here's the interesting part. Another person (who requested not to be named) sent us a photo of the accident, apparently sent by the Maserati owner's wife to a Viber chat group the wife belongs to. The chat group consists of owners of a common luxury car. The photo from the wife can be seen at the bottom of this page (the very last one).
Our source sent us screenshots of the wife's messages as well as the comments of the chat group's other members. The wife initially said: "Rescuing my husband right now." When someone asked if the husband was okay, she replied: "He is safe. Drunk driving."
Now, before you condemn our source for sharing a chat group's exchange, our source has a valid reason for doing so. From our source (in italics):
The people there (chat group) are trying to suggest a way for the story to be twisted, such that the police would make it seem like it was the jeepney driver's fault, and that the Maserati driver was sober. And ultimately have the damage claimed from insurance, which I really think is very, very unethical. It's going to be a case of fraud, and the victim is not just the insurance company, but also the safety of everyone else on the road. I just want this to be some sort of a warning, for them to come clean. Because drunk driving is just a terrible, terrible thing that kills so many people. And unlike in the US, people always get away with it in the Philippines.
The source refused to reveal the name of the wife (the names on the Viber screenshots sent to us had been obscured).
If you know the owner of the Maserati sedan, kindly extend to him our desire to also publish his side of the story if he wishes to share it.
The Ghibli is a midsize luxury sedan launched in our market in May 2014 by distributor Autostrada Motore.
Be safe, everyone!
UPDATE: We added "QQ-0063" as a possible conduction sticker number of the Maserati Ghibli, as another Ghibli that was involved in the mauling of an MMDA traffic officer in November 2014 had conduction sticker number QQ-0057. These luxury cars usually enter the country in batches, and these two Ghiblis could have belonged to the same batch. Again, this is only a possibility. The two letters of the conduction sticker number of the Ghibli involved in last night's accident aren't very clear in the photos.
Photos from Josh Nieva, Carmel Lozano and Francis Rey