Actor Jake Cuenca was reportedly involved in a car chase with police that ended with a Grab driver shot by a stray bullet on Saturday night, October 9, 2021.
According to Facebook postings, the incident happened at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Meralco Avenue in Pasig City.
Facebook page El Theater uploaded a video of the incident, and wrote a video description saying there was a gunshot and that a Grab driver was hit.
The post read (published as is): “Mainit init na tsismis mga Mars! Jake Cuenca nyo nahuli ng pulis at nagkaputukan pa nga ng baril. May nadamay pa na grab driver sana makasurvive si kuya [sad emoji]”
In the video, the person recording went close to the actor and can be heard saying: “Si Jake Cuenca iyan, yung artista…”
Another one responded: “Oo nga lasing…”
The video did not have a clear view of the person they said was Jake Cuenca, but at one point the actor’s voice can be heard saying: “Bossing, wala talaga akong sinagasaan.”
Facebook page Marth TV uploaded a video of the Grab driver being rescued by an ambulance.
In the video, a man is heard saying: “Ka-Grab natin iyan, binaril. Hindi natin alam ang dahilan, e.”
A comment on the post shared more details of what allegedly transpired that evening.
According to a netizen, Jake was allegedly being chased by the police from Mandaluyong to Pasig.
During the chase, the Grab driver was allegedly hit by a stray bullet.
The comment read: “Natamaan lang po ng ligaw na bala si paps, hinahabol ng mga pulis yung sasakyan daw ni jake cuenca kase hindi huminto sa checkpoint, tapos nagkabarilan na. Tumalbog ung bala natamaan yung grab rider kaya nahulog sya sa motor niya at nagkaganyan.”
The netizen later alleged that Jake was involved in an accident earlier that evening and had made the move to run from the police.
The netizen’s comment: “Sa mandaluyong po nagsimula yung pangyayare, nakabangga daw si jake cuenca at lasing tapos tumakas kaya hinabol ng mga pulis hanggang sa ganyan ang nangyare.”
Another netizen commented on the post, saying the Grab driver was brought to Rizal Medical Center in Pasig.
The Eastern Police District director, Police Brigadier General Matthew Baccay, confirmed the news on Sunday morning, October 10, 2021, in an interview with Dobol B TV.
According to Baccay, a passing SUV bumped against a police vehicle at around 9 p.m. on October 9, while there was an ongoing anti-Marijuana operation in Mandaluyong.
The driver of the SUV, which the police later identified as Jake, did not stop and continued driving until they reached Shaw Blvd. in Pasig City.
He said on Dobol B TV, “So last night about 9 p.m., meron dumaan na sasakyan. Unfortunately, tinamaan yung sasakyan ng pulis natin. Actually it was reported na Jeep na sasakyan, so nagulat yung police personnel natin na hindi tumigil yung sasakyan.
“So hinabol ng mga pulis natin, hanggang nakarating sa area na ng Pasig, dito sa Shaw. When confronted, ayun nga, ang driver ng sasakyan was yung actor, si Jake Cuenca.”
Eastern Police District Director Baccay also did confirm that there was a victim of a stray bullet during the police chase.
He said, “In the course of nung chase nila, yung mga personnel natin have to disable yung sasakyan. Pinaputukan yung gulong.
“Wala namang tinamaan, pero meron tayong yung kuwan, yung stray bullet, meron tinamaan tayong isang Grab driver.”
In his update on the Grab driver, Baccay said that the gunshot victim was already in stable condition.
He said, “We are taking care of this Grab driver. Very unfortunate itong incident… This is a very unfortunate incident, walang may gusto into.
“But nonetheless, I instructed to POP ng Mandaluyong, Col. Mel Onos, na to take care of all the needs of this victim. Yung tinamaan ng stray bullet.”
Baccay told Dobol B TV that Jake is now in police custody, and was undergoing a medical examination at the time of the radio interview.
He neither confirmed nor denied whether the actor was under the influence of liquor until the results of the medical examination is released.
Eastern Police District Director Baccay added that nothing illegal was found inside the actor’s car.
The actor will face inquest proceedings for reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has reached out to Star Magic, Jake’s management, for a statement regarding the incident.