Ecoland road rage

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


TWO taxi drivers stalled traffic at Ecowest Drive and sent tricycles, jeepneys, and private vehicles fleeing as they drove round and round the four-lane road to hit each other like bump cars at around 5:40 p.m. Thursday, in Barangay 76-A Bucana, just beside the rows of condominiums in Ecoland Subdivision.

Two videos taken with cellphone cameras were shared over social networks showing how the two were crashing their cars into each other in a road rage, although the one attributed to Mar Israel was of a clearer quality.

In the video, as Maligaya Taxi with body number 2691 and Gold View Taxi with body number 3072 were being crashed onto each other, a man is overheard shouting, “Wala pa ko’y ginansya (I still don’t have earnings)!”

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It was learned that the two were after a passenger.

The Talomo Police Precinct, when contacted, said the incident was reported to them but that their desk officer was not available.

According to Rex Vismanos, radio operator of Maligaya Taxi, they have already restricted driver Marcelino Demi from driving.

But Vismaos said, according to Demi, he was first hailed by a passenger along Ecowest Drive but the driver of the Gold View Taxi tried to pick up the passenger instead. Demi blew his top over this.

"Wa nila madayon og kuha ang pasahero kay nagtuyok-tuyok naman sila aron magdumbolay sa unit (Not one of them was able to pick up the passenger because they got caught attacking each other with their units)," Vismanos said.

Vismanos said Demi was booted out because what he did destroys the image of their taxi company.

"Walay problema si Demi pero mao man gyud ni ang order sa kompanya. Mag-assess pa mi sa damage, tapos diha na ang legal action para ani kay madamay man gud ang kompanya ani (We don’t have anything against Demi, but that’s company policy. We will still have to assess damage before we start legal action)," Vismanos said.

He urged drivers not to lose their cool as this will cost them more.

"Kana kay kabalo siya nga ma-damage gyud ang unit, mabayaran gyud na niya. Ngano bitaw nga gituyoan makig-dasmag sa laing unit? So, leksyon
ni sa uban (He knew the unit will be damaged and yet he did it, therefore, he will have to pay for the damage. Why would anyone deliberately crash another vehicle? This should be a lesson to other drivers)," he said.

From the video, the Gold View taxi was more damaged as it lost both of its bumpers.

Superbalita tried to reach Gold View, but this does not have any contact information available.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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