Taxi driver in viral video to file charges against woman who allegedly slapped him

Images from Anthony Enriquez Facebook post/ Joshua Baluyot Facebook video

MANILA, Philippines  –  A day after the video went viral on social media, the taxi driver who was allegedly slapped by a woman following a traffic altercation sought the help of the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to file charges.

Virgilio Doktor, 52, is the taxi driver in the now viral video who was allegedly slapped by a female motorist; enraging netizens. The clip was first shared by a netizen named Joshua Baluyot on Facebook.

On Monday, Doktor went to LTFRB to submit his affidavit and explain his side on what really happened.

Doktor said, the woman, later identified in several social media posts as Cherish Sharmaine Interior (this has not been verified), may have been irked after he honked at her and overtook her vehicle on Sunday morning at Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City.

He claimed to have tried to apologize to the woman but she wouldn’t calm down. She supposedly hit his cab’s side mirror and started cursing at him before slapping him after he rolled down the window.

Doktor further narrated he went out of the taxi because he felt his blood pressure rising and feared he would suffer another stroke due to the incident.

The driver added he went to LTFRB to seek their assistance in filing charges of physical injury and damage to property against the woman.

Meanwhile, the female motorist has yet to explain her side. Also her identity has not been verified, although many netizens identified her as Cherish Sharmaine Interior.

Many Facebook accounts to her name have sprouted on Facebook since the incident, but chances are, they are most probably posers.

The apology she supposedly issued on Facebook, which is being widely shared on social media, also remains to be verified if it really came from her.