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3 die in motorcycle mishaps

Three died and two were injured in three vehicular accidents in the cities of Bacolod, Victorias and Talisay, all in Negros Occidental, Saturday and Sunday.

At about 10:25 p.m. Sunday, a vehicular accident at Bangga Adams, Brgy. Bata in Bacolod City, claimed the lives of a birthday boy and his friend, and injured their other friend, who were all not wearing protective helmets, Bacolod Traffic Management Unit, south sector head, Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias.

The accident killed Mark Jun Verde, 23, of Brgy. Binicuil in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, and Renan Tajunio, 21, of Purok Tunay, Brgy. Bata. Injured was their friend, Reymund Alvarez, 30, of Purok Tunay, Brgy. Bata, who is now confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Investigation showed that the Isuzu Trooper, with plate number RFT578, driven by Johnnie Villarete III, 27, of Purok Riverside, Brgy. Bata, collided with the Honda TMX, with plate number 065007, driven by Tajunio, with Verde and Alvarez as riders, that was heading west of the Circumferential Road.

Villarete, a holder of a California driver’s license, told Police Officer 2 Rex Eduardo, TMU traffic investigator, that when he executed a U-turn, he was shocked when a motorcycle bumped the right side of his car.

Eduardo said Tajunio only had a student permit, adding that investigation is going on to find out who is responsible for the accident.

Villarias, meanwhile, said that a student permit is not a driver’s license and that student drivers, while operating motor vehicles, should be accompanied by professional drivers.

In Victorias City, a man riding a motorcycle and also was not wearing a protective helmet, died when he bumped into a stockpile on the road at San Vicente, Brgy. 10, at about 2 p.m. Saturday.

Supt. Santiago Rapiz, chief of the Victorias Police, said Aljun Armada, 21, of Brgy. 11 in Victorias, was heading home when he hit the stockpile for which the contractors had failed to put a warning device.

Rapiz said Armada was only beginning to drive so he may have lost control of his motorcycle.

Armada’s uncle, Ronilio Poral, said in a television interview that his nephew was a little bit drunk when the accident happened. He is asking for financial help from the road contractors for the burial expenses of Armada.

At about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, another motorcycle hit a bus of the Vallacar transit at the Talisay City national highway in Brgy. Zone XV.

The driver, identified as Ivan Hinolan, 28, who failed to present a driver’s license, and his rider, Jorge Lapuz, 26, both of Talisay, were injured and are now confined at the CLMMRH.

Investigation showed that the motorcycle of Hinolan and Lapuz was tailing the bus, with plate number FWW900, driven by Vivencio Balaod, 41, of Toboso town, also in Negros Occidental. Both were on the same lane going north of the highway. When the bus stopped to unload passengers in front of a mall, the motorcycle, that had no plate number, hit its back, investigations showed.*SGG

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Capitol employee
hunted in shooting of farmer

A Negros Occidental Capitol employee, tagged as the suspect in the shooting of a farmer at Octagon Village, at the boundary of Brgy. Bata in Bacolod and Talisay cities, Sunday, is now being hunted by the police.

Talisay City Police desk officer, PO3 Rene Lopez, identified the victim as Jiobani Baculong, 45, of Brgy. Matabang in Talisay, who is now confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound in his stomach.

Initial investigation showed that the suspect, Johnny Mendoza, of Brgy. Bata in Bacolod, who was allegedly under the influence of alcoholic liquor, approached Baculong, who was having a drinking spree with his friends, at about 6:45 p.m.

A heated argument ensued between them and Mendoza pulled out a .9 mm caliber pistol and shot Baculong twice, investigations also showed.

Two empty shells of .9 mm caliber pistol were recovered at the crime scene, police records show.*SGG

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