Kin of road victims file raps vs driver

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


SOME relatives of the victims in the fatal road accident along Diversion Road near the Gap Farm Resort in Davao City on Saturday filed charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday against the truck driver who owned up to the road mishap that killed eight and injured 14 others.

Facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and serious physical injuries is Kim Pansacala Canque, a 34-year-old driver of the 10-wheeler truck with plate number TND896 and a resident of Sto. Niño, Carmen, Davao del Norte.

He had voluntarily surrendered to the Talomo police and owned up to the death of Teresa Sura Baugbog, 62; Liza Baugbog, 30; Juanita Baugbog Vete, 30, Joel Serentas; Dwayne Ali, 2; Rexey Dave Ali, 7; Estelito Baugbog, 60 and six-month-old Jian Roncal.

Canque was also held responsible for the injuries of Jake Lagada, Rosalina Bout, Sofia Baugbog, Justine Vete, Marjorie Ali, Anthony Ali, Michele Lagarda, Rafael Ali, Wina Bout, Estella Santa Garda, Epefania Alforque, Reynaldo Baugbog Ali, Jay Baugbog and Jeffrey Binasbas.

The complaints were filed by Alejandro Serentas, father of Joel and grandfather of Dwayne; Marissa Baugbog, daughter of Teresa and sister of Liza; Dante Vete, husand of Juanita and father of Justine and Reynaldo Oso Ali, father of Marjorie, Rexey, Reynaldo, Rafael and Anthony.

Marissa, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao at the City Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday, said her relatives were coming from a birthday party at her place at Deca Homes Mintal and were on their way home. She was just shocked when she heard the news that her relatives were among the casualties in the accident.

"Sakit na man gani kaayo nga isa ra ang mawala sa imoha. Karon kay pirte gyung grabeha kay daghan kaayo sa among mga relatives ang namatay. Ang panawagan ra namo kay unta maatiman ug maayo ang among mga paryente sa Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), (It is already painful if you lose someone. It is very devastating that many of our relatives were killed. Our only call now is that hopefully our relatives well be tended well at the SPMC.)" Marissa said.

Reynaldo, in a separate interview, said: "Amoa gyud ibalhin ang among mga paryente sa Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) Hospital kay dili maatiman ug tarong didto sa SPMC tungod sa kadaghan sa pasyente. (We will be transferring our relatives at the DMSF Hospital since they are not attended to at the SPMC due to the many patients.)"

He also thanked Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who attended the wake of the victims and handed out financial assistance to the relatives.

Reynaldo, however, did not specify the amount of Duterte's cash assistance. He also said that the employer of the respondent has already shown intent of giving additional financial aid.

Canque, when asked for a comment on the incident, refused to do so saying he wants to forget the details of the traumatic incident.

Investigator of the incident Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Antonio Teon Jr. of Talomo police, in his affidavit, said the incident may have stemmed from the malfunctioned brakes when the respondent was going downhill along Diversion Road.

The vehicles involved where the truck driven by the respondent, a Toyota Tamaraw FX with plate number LCG552 driven by Estelito, a Honda XRM motorcycle with plate number KL-5565 driven by Neri Alforque and an IH Tractor with plate number MGD622.

Apart from the incident near Gap Farm Resort, the respondent also figured in a crash near the intersection of Maa, where his truck slammed on a Ford Escape with plate number LHG531.

Teon, in an interview, said not all have filed the charges against Canque and that they are still waiting for the complaint of the other victims and their relatives.

The respondent is currently detained at the Talomo police station while the case is being handled by Prosecutor Carlos Castaños. (RSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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