1 dead, 9 wounded in Cavite dump truck crash

admin   •   October 5, 2018   •   7827

The body of motorcycle rider identified as Ramon Joseph Magracia in Cavite crash on October 04, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Lea Calizo

CAVITE, Philippines — A dump truck crashed Thursday afternoon along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmariñas City, Cavite killing one and injuring 9 others.

Police report said the truck driver, identified as Marlon Melgar, was plying the highway when he lost control of the truck after the brakes failed to work.

Dasmariñas CPS Chief of Police, PSupt Nerwin Ricohermoso said, “May karga siya na mga graba materials for construction and then all of a sudden nagbump siya sa may center island namin papunta dun sa gilid and then nag loose na yung kanyang brake and then natanggal na yung dalawang gulong sa likod.”

The out of control truck rammed into nine more vehicles including a motorcycle before falling on its side in Barangay Sampaloc Uno.

The motorcycle rider, identified as Ramon Joseph Magracia, slid under the truck. He was brought to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Nine people were also wounded in the incident and brought to the hospital for medical attention.

The accident, which almost occupied both lanes of the highway, resulted in heavy traffic that authorities were only able to clear around 9:00 p.m. after hauling away the truck and other affected vehicles.

The owner of the dump truck expressed willingness to extend financial assistance to cover damages while the driver is expected to face a number of charges.

“So the driver is under our custody and he will be facing reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and another one is serious physical injury & serious injury and damage to property & damage to government property kasi may mga structures, maraming structures din ang nasira. Yung mga center islands natin yung tinamaan and then medyo yung portion ng highway, yung roads natin and yung sidewalks is medyo nagkaroon din ng damage,” Ricohermoso said. — Benedict Samson

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Cavite gov’t to allow visits to cemeteries until Oct. 27

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

The provincial government of Cavite on Thursday announced that it will allow visits to cemeteries from October 1 to 27 but laid down some rules for those planning to do so to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In a Facebook post, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said the cemeteries in the province are open during said period from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will be closed from October 28 to November 2 as agreed by local authorities.

He also warned visitors that eating meals and drinking alcoholic beverages inside the cemeteries are prohibited. Videokes and selling of food are also not allowed.

“Bawal po ang kainan kahit sa mga pribado at sosyal na libingan. Mga alta, matutong makisama. Kung bawal ang kainan, lalong bawal ang inuman at lasingan,” Remulla said.

“Bawal maglako ng mga pagkain at inumin sa sementeryo,” he added.

The governor said the municipal and city government will also issue regulations on the number of persons allowed to enter the cemeteries in their respective areas.

He stressed that visitors should strictly observe health protocols including the wearing of face mask and face shield.

“Kailangan naka-face mask at face shield. Mag-ingat lamang sa mga aksidente lalo na sa pagsindi ng kandila dahil ang face shield ay gawa sa plastic,” Remulla said.

He likewise emphasized that those below 18 years of age are not allowed to go to cemeteries.

“Ang mga bata below 18 years old ay bawal pumunta sa sementeryo. Alam ko na mahirap ito pero mas malakas mahawa at magkalat ng sakit ang mga kabataan kaysa matatanda,” Remulla explained.

“Dahil sa pandemya, ay kailangan pa rin nating paulit-ulit na ipaalala ang social distancing rules. Lagpas 10,000 na ang positibo sa COVID dito sa Cavite at malakas ang kutob ko na baka lalong kumalat ang sakit na ito ngayong papalapit na undas,” he added.

Over P2.5-B worth of shabu seized in Cavite warehouse

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 12, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) seized P2.5 billion worth of shabu at a warehouse in General Trias, Cavite on Thursday (June 11) during a buy-bust operation.

The PNP’s Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) has seized over 374 kilograms of shabu that were hidden inside tea packaging. Authorities also arrested Muad Abedin and wife Maycy Naol Abedin.

PNP-DEG Director PBGen. Romeo Caramat Jr. said the suspect is related to a local government official in Southern Mindanao.

“[He is a] nephew of a high ranking government official, sabihin na nating (let’s just say) vice mayor. They are a well-known drug personality operating in Mindanao,” he said.

Authorities have been conducting surveillance in the area for six months which is allegedly operated by a drug syndicate called ‘Mindanao Group’.

“Allegedly itong grupong ito ay nagbebenta ng shabu online, so we were able to penetrate iyong account nila so nalaman namin ang mga transaksyon nila pati ang mga pino-post nila and then kami nagkaroon ng lead kung paano i-surveillance itong mga nahuli nating suspek (This group allegedly sells shabu online. So we were able to penetrate their account and we discovered their transactions as well as their posts. We found a lead on how to conduct a surveillance on the arrested suspects),” Caramat said.

Muad denied the allegations and insisted that they were only tasked to care for the place during community quarantine— but his wife said otherwise.

Maycy said her husband knew what was inside the tea packaging and they were paid P10,000 per bag by a certain Chinese national.

“Chinese pero hindi ko nakikita iyong mukha, naririnig ko lang pero wala akong nakita (He is Chinese but I did not see his face, I only heard his voice),” she said.

The suspects will face charges for violation of Section 5 and Section 11 of the Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Cavite, Rizal governors ask IATF to allow motorcycle backriding for married, cohabiting couples

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla initiated an appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 to allow motorcycle backriding particularly for married or cohabiting couples. 

In his open letter addressed to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Remulla explained that because of the impact of the outbreak on businesses, many companies couldn’t prioritize providing shuttle services for their employees, at least in Cavite, and mass transportation remains limited which adds to the burden of workers and employees going to and from workplaces.

He noted that while he agrees with the national government in implementing strict social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which prompted a ban on motorcycle backriding, he appealed that exemptions be given to married or cohabiting couples.

Ang nais ko pong idulog ay mapayagan ang backriding sa kaso ng mga mag-asawa at nagsasama (I ask that you allow backriding for married and cohabiting couples),” Remulla said given that married couples live under one roof and sleep on the same bed.

“Kung hinahayaan po natin silang sumakay sa de aircon na kotse, bakit hindi po sila maaring sumakay sa iisang motorsiklo? Kung pareho sila ng kamang tinutulugan, bakit hindi sila puwedeng magbyaheng magkasama? (If we allow them to ride an air-conditioned car, why not allow them on the same motorcycle? If they sleep on the same bed, why can’t they travel together?]” he argued.

The Cavite governor said the provincial government is willing to provide a ‘Couple’s Pass’ which married couples may support with a marriage certificate.

Meanwhile, Acting Rizal Governor Dr. Reynaldo San Juan Jr. also made a similar appeal in an open letter to the IATF.

Governor San Juan argued that since transportation is limited during the quarantine period, motorcycles are the “cheapest and fastest” way of getting to work or to a destination. 

He specifically noted the plight of women who are compelled to walk long distances just to get to work. 

Dahil hindi pinayagan ng IATF ang backrider, napipilitang maglakad ang mga kababaihang asawa ng mga nagmo-motorcycle ng ilang oras para lamang makarating sa kanilang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan, (Because IATF has banned backriding, the wives of motorcycle riders are forced to walk for several hours just to get to work)” San Juan said. 

San Juan ascertained that they will enforce the necessary measures for the protection of the riders and the general public should the IATF grant his appeal.

These include the strict implementation of wearing masks, presentation of proper identification cards, travel pass and marriage certificate to make sure that the proposed policy will not be abused or taken advantage of. 

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