Ang Probinsyano solon sorry for punching waiter in Albay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 11) — A neophyte party-list lawmaker on Thursday apologized after attacking a waiter in Albay.

"I would like to apologize to Christian Kent Alejo and his family for my action, and to our people for failing in their expectation of a public servant," Ang Probinsyano party-list Representative Alfred delos Santos said in a statement.

"I have no excuse, only regret and the promise that it will not happen again. This single incident does not represent me or my values, and I will prove it by working hard to deliver our party platform and campaign promises to fellow probinsyanos, and from hereon conduct myself as an exemplary public servant worthy of the trust and confidence our people placed on us last election," he added.

Police report said Delos Santos threw a punch at Alejo, a 20-year-old employee of Biggs Diner in Legazpi City, Albay, "without any apparent reason" early Monday morning.

The lawmaker said he has reached to Alejo and his family, who "properly received me and accepted my apology."

"I don't have any excuse for what had happened. Regardless if I am a public servant or a private citizen, I should have not lost control of my emotions," he said.

Delos Santos also extended his apology to his colleagues in the party-list and Congress.

"I know you are all disappointed and I humbly accept whatever decision that you make in relation to my nomination in the partylist," he said.

Ang Probinsyano party-list spokesman Joco Sabio earlier said the group is looking into the incident, adding that Delos Santos will be punished accordingly if the allegations are proven to be true.

The lawmaker said he is "not a bully or a troublemaker" despite the incident.

"Hindi po ako siga, astig or sanggano. The people who know me well can attest to that," Delos Santos said.

"For our constituents, I hope and pray that you will find in your hearts a way to forgive and understand. I have learned my lesson out of this experience and given the chance, I would certainly commit myself to work even harder to advance the cause of our constituents, the probinsyanos," he also said.