For the first time, the cyclist who got involved in a traffic altercation with former cop Wilfredo Gonzales appeared in public to talk about the incident.
During the senate hearing on September 5, 2023, the cyclist, Allain Bandiola said that his only mistake was he tried to slap the car of Gonzales who was trying to occupy the bike lane.
“Nung time na ‘yun nagitgit na po ako sa gilid ng bike lane so wala po akong choice dahil kapag hindi ko tinapik ‘yung kotse niya either bumagsak ako sa kotse niya o mabagsakan ko ‘yung mga pasahero na nag-aabang ng sasakyan,” said Bandiola said.
“So pagdating ko sa unahan, tumigil po si Ginoong Gonzales so dahil papunta siya ng E.Rodriguez, ako naman papunta ng Quezon Avenue, nagtapat po kaming dalawa,” he added.
Bandiola denied that he crashed his bicycle into Gonzales’ car.
The cyclist also said that it was impossible for him to damage the vehicle driven by Gonzales by just tapping it.
“Maliit lang po ‘yung kamay ko, siguro naman hindi ko kayang yupiin ‘yon,” he stated.
During that time, Bandiola decided to just ignore Gonzales, but he didn’t expect that the ex-cop would chase him.
He also insisted that he never talked back to the former police officer during their first encounter.