2 drivers hurt
in road mishaps
Two drivers were injured in vehicular accidents in barangays Alijis and Tangub in Bacolod City, yesterday morning.
Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, head of the Bacolod City Traffic Management Unit, said Joseph Miguel, 22, sustained head injuries and was brought to a hospital.
Investigation showed that, at about 7 a.m., the Mitsubishi Montero, with plate number FHM488, driven by Miguel, was heading east of Alijis Road, when it hit the laundry house, and the MC motorcycle and multicab, owned by Jose Tindukan, 40, of Brgy. Alijis, both parked at the side of the road.
Police Officer 2 Regino Rex Eduardo, traffic investigator, told ABS-CBN that Miguel had only rented the vehicle and that he came from the airport and was heading home when the accident happened.
Meanwhile, the driver of the motorcycle also sustained injuries when it collided with a jeepney at Araneta Street in Brgy. Tangub, at about 8 a.m.
Villarias identified the victim as Joel Mamar, 48, of Brgy. Alianza, Bago City in Negros Occidental. He was brought to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital.
Investigation by Police Officer 3 Ben Tajonera showed that the Mitsubishi Fuso jeepney, with plate number FVM232, driven by Gerardo Alipato, 58, of Brgy. Sum-ag in Bacolod, was travelling south when it executed a U-turn and collided with the Honda XRM motorcycle, with plate number 4025FO, driven by Mamar, that was tailing him.*SGG
Carnap suspect nabbed
The driver, who allegedly carnapped the jeepney owned by an elderly woman, was arrested and the vehicle recovered at Greensville I in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, Tuesday.
Station 3 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Grace Aquitania, identified the suspect as Roberto Garcia, alias “Tongu”, 40, of Fortune Town, Brgy. Estefania in Bacolod.
Garcia was charged for violation of Republic Act 6539, or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday, Aquitania said.
Investigation showed that the owner, Leticia Caniag, 73, of Purok Masinadyahon, Brgy. Bata in Bacolod, said Garcia failed to return the orange public utility jeepney, with plate number FDR346, Sunday, that he had rented on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Caniag said she spotted the jeepney at Greensville I in Brgy. Estefania, and asked for police assistance, so a team composed of Aquitania, Police Officers 2 Eliseo Andraneda Jr., Michael Acot and Rommel Vincent Fuentebella, PO1 Bryan Cordero, and Joeny Alayan went there and nabbed Garcia, police records show.
The jeepney was recovered but its wheel rims were destroyed since it was loaded with logs and had been flattened, Aquitania said.
The DAILY STAR tried but failed to interview Garcia, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of Station 3.*SGG
After serving the New People’s Army for five years, Nonato Reyes surrendered to the 11th Infantry Battalion yesterday, an Army source said.
Reyes, a resident of Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, decided to abandon the armed struggle and surrendered to the 11IB Intelligence Platoon, after realizing that it only led him and his family to further poverty, the same source said. He also expressed willingness to cooperate with government authorities, they added.
Lt. Col. Wilfredo Isaac, 11IB commander, is encouraging other NPA members and supporters in central Negros, to end the armed struggle.
Meanwhile, the feeding programs of the Army’s 3rd Civil Military Operations Battalion, in partnership with the local government of Escalante, the provincial government, and the 62nd Infantry Battalion, benefitted 1,300 children and adults in barangays Balintawak and Jonob-Jonob, Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
Lt. Col. Patrick Cinco, 3rd CMO Battalion commander, reaffirmed in a statement he issued, his unyielding commitment to continue such collaborative efforts in other barangays of Escalante, as part of their non-traditional role that aims to promote not only the culture of “Bayanihan,” but also to advocate peace.*GPB