Enforcer loses life over traffic enforcement

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


A TRAFFIC enforcer of the City of Naga was stabbed to death in front of the St. Francis de Assisi Parish Church last Wednesday afternoon.
Ramon Eredia, 57, and a resident of Barangay Langtad, was rushed to the South General
Hospital around 6 p.m. but he did not survive his stab wounds.

He was standing near the trisikads' queue in front of the city's church when he was approached by a trisikad driver identified as Jonathan Booc.

The latter allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Eredia several times before running away.

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PO1 Glenn Conahap of the City of Naga Police Station said they immediately arrested Booc in a follow-up operation.

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Trisikad drivers who saw the incident identified Booc as the assailant.

According to police investigation, Booc held a grudge against Eredia because of a violation of a city traffic regulation.

Eredia was in charge of checking the registrations of trisikad drivers in the city.

At one point, Eredia reportedly stopped Booc for failing to show his registration.

An argument ensued between the traffic enforcer and driver.

Booc is detained in the City of Naga Police Station detention cell while waiting to be formally charged with Eredia's death.

Mayor Valdemar Chiong said the City will shoulder Eredia's hospital and burial expenses.

Chiong also committed to hire one of Eredia's immediate family members to work at the City Hall.

Eredia was a job order employee.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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