Police may still probe town vice mayor over hit-and-run incident

Photo by Moises Torrentira
Photo by Moises Torrentira

DESPITE presenting a flight manifesto, a police official said vice mayor John Paul Lampig of Boston, Davao Oriental is still not off the hook from the hit-and-run incident that caused the death of a 22-year-old woman in Davao City.

During the AFP-PNP press conference on February 8, 2023, Davao City Police Office-Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) Head Major Dexter Domingo said despite Lampig being able to justify that he was not around when the incident happened, he will still undergo investigation.

“We are not closing the door, kung meron pa kaming nakita na probability na liability (if we will see any probability of liability), we will do it,” Domingo said.

Domingo said that based on their initial investigation, Lampig was able to prove his alibi after presenting to authorities his flight details.

“Dumating po siya ng January 28 ng 8:30 ng gabi then noong January 29 umuwi na po sila, doon lang po sinabi ng ating driver suspect na nakabangga siya (His plane landed on January 28 at 8:30 p.m., then he went home on January 29, and that was the day when the driver told him about the incident),” Domingo said.

He added that the family of the victim and motorcycle driver already filed a case against the suspect, who voluntarily surrendered in their office six days after the incident.

The suspect will face the violation of the Revised Penal Code Article 365 and Article 275 and was charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, serious physical injury and damage to property, and abandonment of one’s own victim.

On January 26, the victim, Ana Mae Talili, died on the spot along Tulip Drive, McArthur Highway in Davao City after being involved in a vehicular accident. The driver of the vehicle that was involved in the vehicular accident fled the scene.

Due to the quality of the resolution of the closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) at the location of the incident, authorities were not able to get information about the vehicle that hit the victim.

Days after the incident, former President Rodrigo Duterte offered a P500,000 reward cash to anyone who can give a lead to the owner of the vehicle.

Following Duterte's call, the suspect voluntarily surrendered to the authorities on January 31. KSD


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