On Robert Blair Carabuena

To those unfamiliar with the case, Robert Blair Carabuena was caught on a cellphone video manhandling (or bullying, as ABS-CBN News put it) Saturnino Fabros, an officer of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. Carabuena is reportedly an Ateneo de Manila University alumnus with a high-position in Philip Morris.

The incident happened last August 11 but it has not received immediate media attention because of tropical storm Helen. Aside from facing direct assault charges from Fabros’ camp, some Filipinos have launched an online petition asking Philip Morris to fire Carabuena. The petition, whose initial signatories include journalist Ellen Tordesillas and University of the Philippines professor Prospero de Vera, can be accessed here.

The circumstances leading to the apparent attack on Fabros remain unclear.  Quoting sources from the Carabuena camp, ABS-CBN TV host Bianca Gonzales said that Fabros allegedly hit the former’s car while cursing in the process. The Carabuena-Fabros tussle has easily become the most-talked about road rage incident in the Philippines since Jason Ivler made headlines back in 2009 to 2010 for killing two fellow motorists on separate instances.

robert blair carabuena
Robert Blair Carabuena (photo taken from Facebook)

The “relationship” of humans with their cars is one area that has been the subject of many scientific researches in recent years especially in the United States. Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, said: “As soon as we acquire something we start to develop an attachment to it,” adding that “the sheer fact of ownership” increases how much we value objects.

Although Ariely did not explicitly say it, it can be assumed that the value we attach to an object is directly related to the amount we spent to acquire it. Some car types can be as expensive as a brand new house, and therefore, it is no surprise that some drivers react violently whenever another motorist (or just anyone) hits his or her car, especially if it results in visible damages. Could this be the main trigger of Carabuena’s road rage?

PS: Perplexed with the rising cases of deaths due to vehicular accidents, the Vatican issued in 2007 the so-called “Ten Commandments” for drivers. Below, I have highlighted those edicts can be a good help in preventing future road rages:

1. You shall not kill.

2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.

5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination and an occasion of sin.

6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

7. Support the families of accident victims.

8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

10. Feel responsible toward others.

MUST READ: Sociology professor Michael Kearl (from Texas’ Trinity University) has a wonderful piece titled “The social psychology of driving.” The article explains why some drivers act as if they own all the roads.

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99 Comments on On Robert Blair Carabuena

    • DAPAT YAN ITALI SA LANGGAMAN… AT PITIKIN ANG ARI HANGGANG SA MAMAGA…. AT PAGKATAPOS PAKAININ NG SILI… WALANG GOOD MANNERS AND RIGHT CONDUCT… BABOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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  1. Para kang litson na binigyan ng parol ha?..nakakawala ka pa hayup ka Carabuena?..next time alis na ang balat mo lahat Baboy!!!!

  2. Pinipilit ng ama ni Carabuena na nauna DAW nanggulo ang MMDA enforcer! NAUNA daw?????? Parang katangahan yun sa parte ng ama ni Taba. Ang anak niya ang unang naggulo at nag-violate siya ng traffic rules! Hindi niya sinunod ang enforcer nung pinahinto na siya! Parang gago talaga yung tatay ni Taba! Ang anak niyang batchoy ang UINANG NGGULO! Pinahinto na e tuloy-tuloy pa din ng takbo, mayabang at gago yang mag-amang yan!

  3. kapangit pangit mo naman pala, daig mo pa mga goons sa kapangitan. may girlfriend ka rin pala, nadala ba yan ng kotse mo. Kawawa naman yang katabi mo. Ms. Girlfriend, payo lang sau mag isip isip ka, baka later on ikaw na bugbugin nyang BABOY na KATABI MO.

  4. What he thinks being an HR executive…..Fuck up job! Your not even part of higher management! You are such an idiot to do that! and assault a poor guy! This is yours men,,,,shame on you! Most of your photos are made in Singapore, try to that in SG then you will see! blady bastard! I will Piang you….

  5. Death from afar. A sniper lurks. Father and son will be dealt with accordingly. Abuse and ignorance are inhumane traits that merit the full force of eradication. When they least expect it their lives will be eliminated. Enough said. Goodbye Carabuena’s. I hope you’ll both enjoy your afterlives.

  6. Malas mo tukayo! Sana walang nakapag-video ng ginawa mo, OK na OK sana feeling nakaisa ka na naman sa kapwa. Di bale tukayo, kapag may malas, may buenas rin, di ba? Hayaan mo, sa dami ng naghahanap sa iyo para ipaghiganti si pareng Saturnino, siguradong may suswertihin isa sa mga araw na ito.

  7. Road rage does not arise because of one’s attachment to his/her car, at least not on my part. It’s because other people, in my mind, are stupid.

  8. robert blair carabuena- OH ETO—–HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! kulang pa? eto uli-hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! yan ang naririnig mo umaga tanghali gabi at habang umeebak ka! mababaliw ka na malapit na!hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  9. ganyan talaga ugali ng mga mayayaman… tsk.. tsk.. maganda sana katayin 2.. wala tong exercise alam q madaling patayin kahit gamit q tinidor…

  10. kaung magkapatid na baboy,wag kaung magkakamaling lumabas ng bahay..dahil..maraming gustong makakita sa inyo ng personal..si fourty at five, si thirty at eight, si m at 16 at sina m at 14. Ano? Labas nyo tapang nyo ngaun.

  11. The PIGS all over the world are probably insulted because of being compared to such a cholesterol-filled demon soul with a dark Green Volvo XEF-871.

  12. shame on you!! kakahiya ka sa name ng CARABUENA family!!! its a good thing ur not one of my family members.. ikakahiya ko talaga being a CARABUENA!!!! nagdadala kana ngayon ng BAD name sa family mo.. i feel sorry for ur family!! ewww disgusting!!!!

  13. Anak yan ni Beth Carabuena. General Manager ng isang callcenter. Karma yan, kasi hindi nakikinig yung nanay nyan sa mga empleyado. OO lang ng oo sa management kahit mali.

  14. To the alumni of Ateneo de Manila University, you were not taught to behave that way, right? Nakakahiya naman, sucessful nga sa career pero asal hayop naman.Tsk tsk tsk

  15. Ang Baboy, bihisan mo man nang mamahaling damit, pasu-utin mo man nang salamin, at pagamitin mo nang mamahaling kotse…Baboy pa rin (lalo na ang ugali).

  16. Putang Ina Mo!!!!!!Robert Blair Carabuena,!!!!!!ako harapin subukan mo ako, Putang Ina Mo! yang muka mo pupunta sa PUWET mo,,,,,,Putang Ina Mo!!!!!!!BABOY………………..Dapat sayo I-Salvage….GAGO

  17. shame on YOU!Yeah right!..sikat ka ngayon…ur unbelievable man!HR Executive?dba dapat u are expert on how to deal with people?kung ganyang ang attitude ng mga taga Ateneo?sa barangay high school ko na lang pag aaralin anak ko!dont u evert think to hide your butt outside Philippines, cos all OFW’s all over the globe are aware of your face!damn PIG!

  18. wag mo subukan pumunta ng Singapore!ilulunud kita sa tubig na binubuga ng merlion!at lahat ng chili padi tinatadtan ni uncle sa hawker, papakain ko lahat sayo!i will piang u man!

  19. dahil sa pinairal mong masamang ugali pati pamilya mo nadamay sa katangahan mo. kung may ank ka, kapatid, o kahit na kamag anak na pumapasok sa school, hindi ba masakit sa kanila na sasabihan sila sa school ng mga kaklase nila at teachers na “GANYAN PALA ANG UGALI NG MGA CARABUENA, UGALING BABOY DAMO, BASTA NA LANG MANUNUGOD. AT MATANDA PA. KAKAHIYA TALAGA.

  20. cool lang kayo…hindi naman kayo sure kung mababasa ni barney mga posts nyo…para sure na makarating sa kanya ang gusto nyong sabihin,ito details nya:
    ROBERT BLAIR CARABUENA
    mobile#:09175121682
    address:25 Katipunan Ave. Extension, Capitol Homes, QC.
    car Make: Volvo
    Plate Number: XEF 871
    Color: Dark Green/

  21. Philip Morris, kung may delikadesa kayo tanggalin na ninyo si Baboy Robert para di masira ang umahin nyo. itapon ang bulok na kamatis. revoke ang license at registration ng kotse. hulihin sa opisino niya at poposasan ikulong.. ROBERT SINUSUKA KANA NG BAYAN. MAG BIGTI KANA. PUTANG INA MO.

  22. For those who are too quick to comment with too much anger, kindly hold back and think about it more deeper – aren’t we all sometimes tempted to do what the Philip Morris employee did? There is really ‘this something’ in driving that brings the best and worst in all drivers. I honestly admit this and I say self-control should always be in check everytime anyone touches the wheel.

    Therefore, in the case of the PM employee, he should have never done it – not just because he is blessed enough to be an ‘executive of a multi-national company and an Atenean’ but also there is really no excuse for such manner. However, just in EDSA alone, how many events like this happens everyday? A driver against an enforcer, pedestrian/passenger or another driver? Some people even get killed by traffic altercations……just because for a very brief time, they lost ‘it’ – their self control. So let me share this simple awareness if it could help anyone who goes out there on the road – ANYTIME YOU HAVE TROUBLE WHILE ON THE ROAD, MAKE IT BRING OUT THE BETTER IN YOU. IF YOU CAN’T, JUST LET IT GO. Doing so makes it an insignificant event in your daily routine which you’ll just forget later on. Or of course, you can do Rambo and be an overnight national whipping boy when somebody caught you with one of the 2 million camera phones out there.

    As it is, this is just one of the human weaknesses that was fortunately caught in camera. There are more hideous things that happens everyday which aren’t seen or caught yet which deserve far more angry responses than this one. Just ask your mayor, for one.

    Peace.

  23. Whenever this fucktard steps out in public, people should kick him in his fucking crotch douse him in fucking gasoline and set his motherfucking shitfuck face on fire. Then, people should kick his fucking head till it snaps out of his fucking pig neck

  24. Ateneo!!! Ang pangit talaga ugali ng mga galing dyan. Masyado matapobre. Akala mo hindi tinatablan ng bala.

    Sa philipp morris naman alisin niyo na ang anay na nasa bahay niyo. Walang kwentang tao iyan!!!! Bullshit ka subukan mo gawin sa akin iyan gagawin kitang pataba sa lupa pati kotse mo hindu makikita….

  25. I already saw his picture n fb, but, too busy to read d comments… then i browse news in yahoo ph and saw dis article and watched d video…. tlagang makakapagmura k and talagang magagalit ng sobra after seeing the video… sa sobrang galit na naramdaman ko, naiyak tlaga ako na parang tatay ko yung mmda personnel… no matter how it started or may mali ang mmda personnel, walang karapatan ang isang tao na manakit ng kapwa nya… MMDA Chairman Tolentino, i have been watching d news and appreciate evrything dat ur doing for d country… but pls give justice to your staff and wag nyo palagpasin to… dami na injustices sa mundo lalo na sa pinas and ur lucky that someone was able to video d incident… pls wag nyo sayangin and make sure that this carabuena will pay for his bad behavior…

  26. Wag Ka Papakita Sken Kung Mkita Man Kita Kukuyug Muka Mu Sa Q.C Sa Pwesto Nyung Dalawa Ng TrafficEnforcer ! Loko ! Taba Ka Talaga!!

  27. pasalamat ka hindi ko kamag-anak yung sinampal mong mmda enfocer, kasi titiyakin ko sa’yo na bukas na bukas din tatakpan ka na ng dyaryo. pero wag ka pa din magpasalamat dahil hindi lang ako ang humahanting sayo, madami pa ang nagngingitngit sa galit sa ginawa mo. dapat hindi ka tawagin na atenista kundi satanista!

  28. We call people we don’t like as baboy, bwaya, animal etc. as if these are the characteristics of the animals we associate them with. We call overweight people, messy and smelly people as baboy, but have we ever thought that pigs become fat because we caged them and feed them to make them fat? We caged them in a small space, so where do we expect them to urinate and take a crap? We call corrupt politicians and public officials as bwaya for being greedy, but have we ever thought that crocodiles can go without food for weeks or even months, while corrupt officials can go on a rampage with out hard earned taxes. So, call people you don’t like “#$%^&%*()=@ Taong Ugali Talaga!”

  29. dapat sa taong ganyan sampigahin ng buong traffic enforcer d2 sa pilipinas,, kaya ateneo de manila nakakahiya po man sabihin graduate itong BABOY na ito sa school nyo!! puro kababuyan ba tinuturo nyo kay Mr.BABOYY ROBERT CARABUENA NA,, At isa pa nakakahiya ang mga nag aaral ngayon jan sa school nyo kc magiging troma ng mga student nyo ang ugali ng baboy na to,, at sa PHILIP MORRIES naman dapat tanggalin nyo na itong baboy n ito walang moral na ugali sa trabaho pa kaya bka nga sa mga tao nyan ganyan yung ginagawa nyan!! ALISIN NA DAPAT D2 SA PILIPINAS YAN DAPAT YAN ITAPON SA BABUYAN ISLAND,, P(_)[email protected] IN@ M() ROBERT CARABUENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. BABOY NG UGALI NG CARABUENA NA YAN—DAPAT YAN AY LITSUNIN NA AND IHIWALAY ANG ULO SA PORKY NA KATAWAN. LAM CARABABOY PAG ANDITO KA LANG SA SAUDI ARABIA, MATAGAL KA NG TIGOK. AKALA MO PORKE MAYAMAN IKAW NA ANG BATAS SAMA SAMA PA KAYUNG LAHAT NA “CARAMALA” MGA MATAPOBRENG CARABUENA. LUMABAS KA NA SA PUBLIC PRA NAMAN MAY MABATO KAMI NG ITLOG SA MUKHA.

  31. REPOST FROM: Anonymous (14:18:06) :

    ROBERT BLAIR CARABUENA
    MOBILE NO: 0917 512 1682
    ADDRESS: 25 Katipunan Ave. Extension, Capitol Homes, QC.
    CAR MAKER: VOLVO
    PLATE NUMBERr: XEF 871
    COLOR: DARK GREEN

    TXT BLAST NA MGA REPAPIPS—TO GIVE CARABUENA BG FAT PIG A EVENING TOAST.

  32. SANA MAKAKUHA AKO NG KAHIT ISANG PIRASONG BUHOK NI CARABUENANG BABOY NA ITO. LALO KO PALULUBUHIN ANG TIYAN MO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG KULAM/BODO MAJIC TIGNAN KO LANG KUNG HANGGANG SAAN ANG ANGAS MONG BABOY KA. KAHIT SAAN HOSPITAL KA PA MGPUNTA ALANG MAKAKAPAGPAGALING SA IYO.

  33. Carabuena is a f@#$%&@ jerk. He should come here to LA and try to slap an LAPD officer … let’s see how fearless and arrogant he is. If he does it here, they’ll haul his ass off to jail no matter what he says or thinks he is. And if you think he’s an a-hole, read what his dad said (he actually defends his son’s idiotic action). I guess stupid runs in the family tree. Pisses me off that morons like him give Ateneo a bad rap (I’m an Atenean).

  34. fuck shit ateneo who cares if ur a grad of ateneo this guy is a moron wang wang mentality, punta ka dito sa canada at hampasin ko mukha mo ng baseball bat

  35. CARA in spanish is Face while Buena is Good. Dapat Good Face di ba?
    Pero this guy is the total opposite. With what he did, he is an EPIC FAIL.

    Nagisa ka sa sarili mong mantika, piggy!

    ROBERT BLAIR CARABUENA
    mobile#:09175121682
    address:25 Katipunan Ave. Extension, Capitol Homes, QC.
    car Make: Volvo
    Plate Number: XEF 871
    Color: Dark Green/

  36. Putang ina ka animal ka!!! malasin ka sana kasama ng buong pamilia mo peste ka!!! makita ka lang namin humanda ka baboy kang hindut ka!! ingungudngud kita sa tae tang ina ka!!

  37. iho de puta ka Robert Carabuena..sobra ang yabang mo lampas sa iyong katawan..kaya mga kapatid na mga npa diyan at mga vigilant groups wag na tayong mag antay pa na may susunod pa nito..katayin natong lintik na demonyong ito.

  38. iho de puta ka Robert Carabuena..sobra ang yabang mo lampas sa iyong katawan..kaya mga kapatid na mga npa diyan at mga vigilant groups wag na tayong mag antay pa na may susunod pa nito..katayin natong lintik na demonyong ito.

  39. Those who curse and said bad words to Carabuena are equally walang pinag aralan. Baka kayo ang pinigil ng MMDA traffic officer eh kakasahan nyo rin. Mag-isip nga kayo. Magtigil nga kayo!!! Pare-pareho tayong pinoy!
    Let us respect one another!

  40. whaaaaatttttttt??????? ok k lng miss???? may mga taong nakakapagsalita sa kapwa nila ng masama pag nakita nilang may inaapi….pinoy tayong lahat kaya dapat pagsabihan ang kapwa pinoy na asal basura.

  41. he does not deserve any job from any company. nakakahiya ang pamilya mo. pinalaki kang baboy ang katawan at ugali. abusado ka .. dapat tangalan ka ng licensya..

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