1 dead during float parade

A 52–YEAR-OLD housekeeper wanting to witness Baguio City’s Grand Float Parade on Sunday died after collapsing in Upper Session Road.

Evelyn Tabing Bautista, a resident of Naglabrahan, Guimba, Nueva Ecija, was declared dead on arrival at Pines City Doctors Hospital by attending physicians Dr. Manuel Kelly and Dr. Sydney Padaoil Sunday morning.

According to her family members, the victim had a history of high blood pressure and was previously confined at their province for heart failure.

Bautista’s family has waived the conduct of an autopsy as they agreed the death to be of natural causes. The City Government said it will assist the family in transferring Bautista's body to Nueva Ecija.

The Baguio City Police Office, meanwhile, said the two-day parade remained peaceful despite the two pickpocketing and several minor accidents.

Police, while conducting anti-pickpocket operation at the Market Encounter, Lake Drive, arrested three out-of-school youths from Irisan on February 25. The teenagers were on the act of stealing a wallet from a student residing in La Trinidad, Benguet, when caught.

On February 24, police collared Breyan Oclerit Casiño, 40, a resident of Barangay Aplaya, Sta Rosa, Laguna, for discreetly sneaking eight bull caps worth P10,560.

Investigation revealed that security guard Albert Mendez saw the suspect taking the bull cap at the display shelves of an establishment inside a mall in the city and putting it underneath his clothes.

Mendez followed him until he was outside the mall and saw the suspect with two other male companions hailing a taxicab but Casiño was later on collared by the guard while the two others escaped.

Police Regional Office–Cordillera Director Edward Carranza commended the Baguio City Police Office for its successful security measures during the two-day parade.

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