TMU, UNDOC drivers meet
on north terminal complaints
The Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit, the operator of the city's North-bound terminal and drivers, met at the terminal Tuesday to resolve several issues, City Police office-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, said yesterday.
On Tuesday, the drivers under the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, refused to park at the terminal and instead parked their vehicles outside.
UNDOC spokesperson Diego Malacad said they did that because they were complaining against other drivers, not under their group, who are picking up passengers outside the terminal.
At the meeting Tuesday, TMU head Chief, Insp. Luisito Acebuche told the drivers they will assign additional traffic enforcers at the area to ensure that jeepneys going north will pick up passengers only at the terminal.
He said traffic enforcers assigned at the terminal before had been temporarily pulled out last week because they were assigned at the Panaad Park and Stadium, where the Panaad sa Negros Festival 2013 was being held.
It was also agreed during the meeting that policemen deployed at the terminal will ensure the safety of drivers and passengers because of several crime incidents noted there in the past months, Acebuche said.
Aside from their concerns over the drivers who pick up passengers outside the terminal, Malacad said they are also complaining about the absence of a cemented pathway and an accommodation area for the sickly and senior citizens.
Crispin Chua, operator of the north-bound terminal, said there is already a huge covered place at the terminal that serves as accommodation area for the sickly and senior citizens.
As to their complaint that the terminal is dusty, Chua said, they are pouring water around the area every now and then to eradicate dust.
Malacad said that if their requests are not heeded, they will again refuse to park their vehicles at the terminal and parked them at the main highway.
Ordaniel, however, warned that doing so is not allowed under the traffic law and the drivers could be charged for obstruction.*APN
An applicant for on-the-job training was accidentally hit by a splintered slug from the service firearm of a security guard of the Radio Mindanao Network building at 17 th and Lacson streets in Brgy. 3, Bacolod City, at about 2:11 p.m. Tuesday.
Police records show that Anthony Aldin, 22, of Brgy. 1, Victorias City in Negros Occidental, was hit in his jaw by a slug from the Armscor 12-gauge shotgun of Jude Santillan, 43, of Brgy. 2, Silay City, a security guard of the Jacoa Security Force Agency.
Investigation showed that Santillan had cocked the gun to check if it was empty of bullets, when it discharged accidentally and hit Aldin, who was rushed to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The police detained Santillan at the lockup cell of Station 2, and seized his service firearm with five live cartridges, one fired cartridge and pieces of deformed slug.
The DAILY STAR tried, but failed to get comments from the RMN management, but a source said it will shoulder the medical expenses of Aldin.*SHIELA MAY GELERA