House of Representatives staff ends up in jail over road rage altercation

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A known hot-headed employee of the House of Representatives ended up behind bars after an altercation and gun-toting incident with a police officer on Wednesday.

Legislative Assistant II Robert Villanueva, 49, was arrested and now facing illegal possession of firearms and grave threats charges.

Investigation showed that Villanueva suddenly approached Senior Inspector Rodolfo Madriaga, who was aboard his Nissan Almera along Commonwealth Ave., in Quezon City, and shouted invectives at the latter and showed his Norinco 9mm pistol.

Villanueva then went back to his car, a Mercedes Benz Kompressor, with license plate WPJ-448, and sped off.

Madriaga followed him and called for assistance of other police officers in the area until the suspect was finally caught at the corner of Don Antonio and Don Faustino streets in Barangay Holy Spirit.

Villanueva failed to show license of his gun.

To recall, Villanueva was caught sleeping with a woman in October 1997 in the office of his father, a former member of the House of Representatives.

He was dismissed from service but the Supreme Court reinstated him saying that he should’ve only been suspended.

House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas assured that appropriate action will be taken.

“The Speaker is right here next to me and gives you his word that appropriate action shall be taken, subject to due process,” Fariñas told reporters.