TWO men died while three others were injured in vehicular accidents in the towns of Ginatilan and Catmon last Tuesday afternoon.

The Provincial Government-owned vehicle of Provincial Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura figured in a minor road accident in Barangay Corazon, Catmon.

The Toyota Hilux where Shimura rode was driven by Antonio Arcipe.

They were north-bound when it tried to evade a motorcycle, which executed a left turn. The car hit a parked motorcycle and rammed into a concrete fence.

Shimura and Arcipe were not injured.


In Barangay Cagsing, Ginatilan, Alexander Lavares, 60, died after the dump truck he was riding on fell into a cliff.

The victim, a job-order employee of Ginatilan Municipal Government, died while a medical team was transporting him toward a hospital in Cebu City, police said.

He was brought to Badian District Hospital, where he was officially declared dead by a doctor.

The vehicle’s driver, Rex Damuag Bitong, 46, and other job-order worker Damasito Fisalbon Polpol, 48, suffered minor injuries.

Bitong, Polpol and Lavares were tasked to keep tents and other government properties used during the inauguration of a new gym and medical mission.

Polpol sat on the seat beside Bitong, while Lavares positioned himself on the rear of the truck.

Before reaching the gym, the truck fell into a cliff about 60 to 70 deep at 3:45 p.m.

This happened after Bitong reportedly experienced a mechanical failure while managing an uphill rough road.

The steering wheel reportedly malfunctioned.

The vehicle then swerved to its right and rolled down the cliff before it hit a coconut tree, which prevented it from plunging much deeper into the cliff.

Polpol was able to jump out of the truck, while Bitong just held on the steering wheel.

Lavares was thrown far from the vehicle. He succumbed to injuries in the head and other parts of his body.

Catmon incident

At 5 p.m., motorcycle driver Dennis Atendido, 22, died after he was hit by a truck in Barangay Binongkalan, Catmon.

Initial investigation showed the victim was traveling southbound, while the truck driven by Joselito Auman, 31, was on the opposite lane.

Atendido reportedly failed to control his motorcycle, which later slammed to the road.

Due to the impact, he rolled to the opposite lane. The truck then hit him.

Residents rushed him to Juan Dosado Memorial Hospital in Sogod, where he was declared dead on arrival.