Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista was unable to contain his anger after a Chinese drug dealer refused to answer his questions after his arrest in a buy-bust operation in the city.
Bautista showed his tough side as he slapped the Chinese national twice in Philcoa area, where the suspect was caught.
In a report by GMA News' "24 Oras," the suspect was identified as Xu Zhen Zhi who was caught by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) operatives with 10 bags of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), with an estimated street value of P15 million.
During the mayor's interview with the media, Xu even joked around by sticking his head out of the window and posed with Bautista. The mayor did not mind and instead smiled and gave him a high five.
As Bautista started asking where he got the illegal drugs, he got irate when Xu refused to answer his questions. The suspect just gestured his hand near his ear indicating he did not understand the mayor's question.
Bautista then struck Xu in the face and said "You cannot hear me? You cannot understand me?"
The news report showed the mayor slapping the suspect for the second time.
Bautista also questioned Xu's driver's license. "Nakakalusot ito sa LTO. Hopefully, it's fake. Hindi raw sya nakakaintindi ng Tagalog, hindi nakakaintindi ng Inggles, so sa exam pa lang hindi na papasa 'to, di ba? Paano nakakuha ng lisensya?" he said.
Despite the tough side he showed, Bautista apologized the next day for the slapping incident.
"Gusto ko talaga mag-apologize dahil hindi naman talaga ako 'yan, that is not my character," he said in an interview with GMA News TV's "Balitanghali."
"It's just that, bago magpa-interview, bigla siyang gumanon [nag-pose] sa likod ko, nabigla ako, nung una, I was scared, kinalma ko nalang muna sarili ko, then I realized na, teka muna, parang bakit binabastos nito ang authorities ng bansa natin, even the laws," he added.
"Hindi lang ako nakapagtimpi kasi talagang hindi maganda ang kanyang inasal sa atin," he said.
He even apologized to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales. "I'm sorry, Ma'am Etta, hindi talaga ako ganoong tao, hindi ako nananakit."