By JOEY NACALABAN
and JOHN PAUL BARSOPIA
A TAXI driver nearly ended up behind bars after a pharmacist accused him of attempted rape on Sunday.
Hours after his arrest and after begging for forgiveness, 37-year-old taxi driver Marcelina Bersamina of Kauswagan, was released by the police.
“There was an amicable settlement,” said Chief M/Sgt. Chona Fabria of the Carmen police.
Fabria said Bersamina cried while he begged the alleged victim for forgiveness.
She said the complainant told investigators that she and the taxi driver were friends, and that Bersamina had courted her but was rejected.
The 21-year-old pharmacist had alleged that the driver offered her and a friend a ride after their exercise. She said her friend was the first to be dropped, but instead of bringing her home, she was allegedly brought to a motel in Kauswagan.
Inside a room, she said, the driver allegedly tried to force himself on her but failed to consummate the sexual abuse.
Bersamina, for his part, said he and the pharmacist have been sweethearts for one week.
He also claimed that they had agreed to meet and to go to the motel earlier.
“We stayed in the room for only 15 minutes, and left,” the driver said.
Bersamina said he was surprised to see the police come to his house in order to arrest him.
Fabria said the case was subsequently “closed” after the pharmacist forgave the driver.