Abusive motorists

By Editorial March 20,2017

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The road rage incident supposedly involving David Lim Jr. would serve as both a warning to motorists to keep their tempers in check and a reminder to them that their abusive actions won’t go unnoticed.

The person who took the video that went viral on social media should be protected from those who would wish to harm him/her and destroy a vital piece of evidence that could be used to build a case against the perpetrator believed to be the younger Lim, whose family had figured in some controversies in recent months.

If the testimonies of witnesses point to Lim Jr. as the perpetrator — and the police have yet to secure it along with the testimony of the motorist who recorded the video — then there is obviously no justification for what Lim Jr. did as he allowed his temper to cloud his judgement.

He will have his day in court when the long arm of the law manages to catch up with him.

The video tells the story, and while Lim’s family and friends might claim it was fabricated or question whether it was Lim in the video, the viewing public who saw it on social media would believe otherwise.

It is presumed that the video may have been shown to the judge who refused to issue an arrest warrant for Lim since there was still no corroborating testimonies that would positively identify him.

Even with Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña ordering a raid on Lim’s house in Maria Luisa Subdivision and not finding him there, it doesn’t mean that he is suspected of involvement until the testimonies recorded in affidavits come in.

Hence, the mayor’s Facebook posts appealing to the motorist who recorded the video to come forward and testify along with his personal assurance of protection in order to build the case against the perpetrator.

Still, if the younger Lim had nothing to hide, and owing to his status as the scion of one of the more prominent Filipino-Chinese families in Cebu, he would have little trouble surrendering and then perhaps posting bail without even having to set foot on a police precinct.

As it is, flight is usually associated with guilt; and the younger Lim whose father David Lim Sr. figured in a recent road accident that killed a fish vendor and his uncle Peter Lim who had been identified as a drug lord by President Rodrigo Duterte, is only too aware of the controversies surrounding his family and relatives and should not invite further public antagonism against him.

It’s best for the younger Lim to come forward if he hasn’t already and face the charges that are expected to be filed against him. There were reports he is willing to do so.

Again, the case should warn motorists to discipline themselves and keep their tempers in check. They should not think that they can get away with shooting and harming fellow motorists or commuters on the road.

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