In an exclusive interview with the Daily Tribune, Ateneo law professor and lawyer Howard Calleja admitted to having been terrified at the President's bodyguards whom he claimed tried to arrest him and his driver Sunday night at the Korea Garden and Restaurant along Jupiter Street in Makati City because the PSG claimed he went close to the façade of the restaurant where they intend to have a family dinner.
told this reporter that he
was with his
eight-month pregnant spouse, Marla and four-year old son to meet his
parents and relatives when the establishment's parking attendant prevented them from getting close to main entrance of the restaurant where two cars were parked at both ends of the parking strip.
Claiming to have asked why their car wouldn't be allowed to get close to the restaurant's façade where the main entrance is located, the parking attendant refused to say, compelling him to again plead that they be allowed to get close at least near the main entrance even as explained calmly on the difficulty that his
wife may have considering her
state of pregnancy.
Again, the parking attendant declined.
Upon entering the establishment, Calleja
approached the table where he
parents were already seated waiting for them.
A few moments after, he
got a call from the driver of his
parents informing him that armed men in plainclothes prevented his
car from leaving,while two of the "armed men" tried to drag his
driver out of the car in an effort to arrest his
"I went inside the restaurant and just went on to have dinner with my father, mother and sister who were all already inside.
After about five minutes I got a call from the driver of my father saying some armed men are arresting my driver outside," Calleja
claimed to have immediately stepped out of the restaurant to check and saw two uniformed policemen and around eight armed men in plainclothes already surrounding his
tried to ask what the commotion was all about, the armed men in plainclothes introduced themselves as members of the presidential security group and told him that his
driver had committed traffic violations for which he
should be arrested.
"So I rushed outside and was surprised to see many men around my car and two uniformed PNP
I asked my driver what he
said they didn't want him to leave the parking area and asked for his
license pointing now to a man in civilian, whom I later I found out to be part of PSG
of the President," he
Being a lawyer, Calleja grabbed his driver and tried to create a commotion by raising his voice in an apparent effort to draw attention in the area.
however found himself nearly arrested too.
asked why he
would be arrested, the PSG man allegedly told him he's
guilty of causing "alarm and scandal."
It was only after the PSG men got hold of his Integrated Bar
of the Philippines ID that they got their hands off him and his
Stunned by the incident, Calleja
just asked his
driver to leave.
As for himself, he
went back inside the restaurant and sat with his
Claiming to be completely stunned and terrified, saying he
appetite and just joined his
wife and son at the table.
Moments later, he
saw President Aquino arrive and walked straight to the second floor of the restaurant where he
was believed to meet somebody.
It was at that point.
decided they should leave, fearing the situation may get worse.