"I've had troubles in my past. But just because someone has screwed up in the past, it doesn't make them the bad person forever."
Following a series of allegations made by a TNVS driver regarding a traffic altercation, Diego Loyzaga finally spoke up on the issue -- dismissing all accounts raised including him going amok and destroying property on the night of the said incident.
"We came from a two-week taping in Clark. And I just got home that Thursday night. And it was the victory party of a show. So we were a bunch of people - there was a car behind me full of artists from different countries and a backup car and we had a hagad. But was not my personal security. It was part of the farewell party 'cause they all don't speak Filipino, obviously. So they had to have people that were there to take care of them,” he recalled.
"I was coming from this said party. It was 3am in the morning. We were passing by Taft and I was asleep by that time in my car. I was dead tired. I sleeping, luckily, with the seat belt on. Nakadaan daw 'yung hagad but before our car stick with the convoy, may bigla daw Adventure na abrupt turn to the left without signaling, without indicator and cut the convoy. We might have been traveling in what, 60 kilometers per hour, to abrupt break there, napaliko talaga 'yung driver ko ng malakas sa kaliwa at nagpreno siya ng malakas. I woke up. Nagtanong ako sa kanya kung ano 'yung nangyari,” he said.
The 23-year-old Kapamilya actor explained why he had to go out of his car, saying that it was natural for anyone who gets into a road incident to react the way he did.
"Like any other incident that happens on the road, 'pag nagkabanggaan man, 'pag may nangyari man na ganun, baba 'yung dalawang kampo 'di ba para makipag-areglo at 'yun agad ang ginawa ko. Now, like any other person on the road na almost got into an accident, I reacted normally in that situation. Bumaba ako para kausapin ang driver. So pagbaba ko, nakita nung security na may nangyari so hinarangan ako ng security which nakita dun sa video na pinost nila. Wala akong ibang ginagawa dun pero I was trying to go to his car," he said.
"So I tried to approach the driver and talked to him. I said peace to him, and what did he do? He just put up his phone and started taking a video of me. Nabastos ako dun and it didn't stop me though. I kept saying 'Peace, peace bro. Can we talk?'," he added.
Diego, on his part, also made sure he left the scene knowing he did no damage to the car.
"This is the part that made sure over and over again with the security, and this is really the big question to his side of the story. I asked him over and over again if I did any damage to his car. Kaya daw hinayaan ng driver na mag-uwian na because they agreed with the police that there were no damages.Nakausap niya ang police at wala akong damage na nagawa sa sasakyan niya. At pumayag ang driver na magsiuiwan na. Hayaan na raw. Ito ay ayon sa istorya ng pulis na nanatili dun saka security dun sa harap ng condo," the actor said. He also shared that the owner of the TNVS vehicle has already reached out to him.
Even though he is getting harsh criticisms on social media about the incident, Diego said he understands where most of them are coming from, acknowledging the fact that the things he did in the past might have had affected people's perception of him.
"My past hasn't been all that great, you know what I mean? I've had troubles in my past. But just because someone has screwed up in the past, it doesn't make them the bad person forever. It doesn't mean siya na lang lagi ang mali," he said.