WHEN it rains, it pours for former Rain or Shine player Alex Nuyles.
Just weeks after settling a messy contract dispute with Mahindra, Nuyles once again was hit by bad luck when his two-year old Mustang was hit by a taxicab at the Magallanes interchange on Tuesday afternoon while on his way to team practice.
“Binangga ako ng taxi, tapos nakita niya (driver) na medyo mamahaling kotse, tinakbuhan ako,” said Nuyles, who has yet to be activated by the Mahindra Enforcers since the team decided to honor his new contract.
Nuyles was not hurt in the traffic accident, but the car he bought during his rookie year with Rain or Shine bore the brunt of the collision as it suffered a broken fender and misaligned front wheel.
“Pinilit niya kasi na unahan ako eh nakapasok na ko sa daan. Alam mo naman ang mga taxi, sisingit at sisingit. Hindi ka pagbibigyan kahit pasok ka na sa lane,” he said.
The soft-spoken Bicolano, however, said he decided against forcing the issue.
“Alam ko naman na walang ibabayad yung driver, kaya hindi ko na hinabol. Inilagay ko na lang sa sitwasyon niya ang pag-iisip ko. Baka sakto na lang pangkain ng pamilya niya ang kikitain niya, babayaran pa ko,” he said.
“Saka if ever habulin ko baka lumala lang ang sitwasyon, mabangga siya o mabangga pa ko ulit sa iba. Pero sana naman magpakita man lang siya sa akin. Mali din na iniwan niya lang ako basta-basta,” added the former Adamson star.
Rather than get angry, Nuyles appealed for courtesy in Metro Manila's snarled roads.
“Pakiusap ko na lang siguro sa nakabangga sa akin, if ever di na siya magpapakita, at kahit dun sa iba pang driver, sana magbigayan tayo sa daan. Kasi wala na rin tayo magagawa sa trapik. Makasingit ka ng kaunti, ilang segundo lang naman matitipid mo run,” he said.
“At dahil matindi na ang traffic sa daan, kailangan siguro mas magbigayan tayo. Mas magkaroon ng disiplina sa daan,” said Nuyles, who grew up in the laidback town of Camalig in Albay.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported that on Edsa alone, more than 520,000 vehicles pass through the north- and south-bound lanes every day. The capacity is only 160,000 per four-lane highway.
The North Luzon Expressway, which is wider than Edsa and built for 210,000 vehicles daily, is only accommodating 200,000 vehicles daily.