By Jel Santos
Alain Robert, 56, known as the “French Spiderman” ended up at the Makati police station Tuesday morning for questioning after scaling the 45-storey GT Tower building on Ayala Avenue.
Chief Insp. Gideon Ines Jr., Assistant Chief of Police for Operations (ACOPO), said Robert was with his lawyer when he was brought to the police headquarters.
“He was with his lawyer. Robert said that he anticipated that he might encounter a problem in the Philippines that’s why his lawyer was on standby already near the GT Tower,” he said.
Ines clarified that they just invited Robert for questioning and has not arrested him. “If the GT Tower management files charges against him, we will then arrest him and put him behind bars.”
Robert, according to Ines, told cops that he did not know that he was violating any law, adding that he has scaled other high- rises in other countries. He has been banned from climbing any building in the United Kingdom.
The silver-haired “French Spiderman” started his climb at the 45-storey GT Tower around 10 a.m., Ines said.
“He was only using his bare hands. Robert was not wearing any gloves, as if he was Spiderman. He went up and down,” Ines recalled. ‘’He was not wearing any safety gear like a harness.”
After reaching the top floor, he immediately went down around 11:30 a.m.
“We then invited him to the headquarters as soon as he reached the ground,” Ines added.
Many people watched and recorded the perilous act of the “French Spiderman” using their smartphones.
Ines said traffic also stalled as people stopped to check what commotion was all about.
The Makati rescue team also went to the area and set up an inflatable rescue/jump cushion to catch the climber should he accidentally fall as he was not wearing any safety gear.