Former Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante posted bail of P12,000 for the death of a motorist who was hit by his vehicle Saturday in front of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, police said yesterday.
Supt. Joseph Thomas Martir, Talisay police chief, said the release of Escalante, who surrendered immediately after he figured in a vehicular accident, was ordered by Bacolod Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 2 Judge Montano Medel.
Martir said the Ford Ranger vehicle driven by Escalante bumped from behind the motorcycle driven by Danilo Sotoyosil, 56, of Hacienda Sagrado, Brgy. Zone 16, Talisay City, at about 6 a.m. Saturday.
He said Escalante, the executive assistant of reelectionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., personally attended to the victim and brought him to a hospital. He also surrendered himself to the police.
Martir, however, said Sotoyosil was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The victim reportedly died of internal hemorrhage and fractured bones.
Contrary to claims that he was drunk when the accident took place, Escalante said he was not, but only tired, because of numerous problems, including the recent firing of explosives at their house in Manapla, which had traumatized members of his family and hacienda workers, among others.
“If I was the one to be blamed for it, I accept it” , he said.
Escalante admitted that he was bothered because of the incident. But he said he has already extended assistance to the family of the victim, and assured the payment of tuition fees for the remaining years in college of the victim’s daughter.
Martir, however, said that if the family of the victim want to press charges against Escalante, they can just visit the Talisay police.
It was an accident, Escalante stressed, recalling that he and the victim, who was riding a in a motorcycle, were trying to overtake another vehicle, when the accident took taken place.*GPB