Guv: Capitol driver in mishap should face charges

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Friday that the Capitol driver, who was involved in a traffic accident in Bago City that killed and injured three others, should face charges.

“He should not be driving because he was drunk. He has committed several violations,” Marañon said. The governor added that the driver should face charges and pay for the death and hospitalization of the victims.

Rodolfo Salazar, 47, of Barangay Pacol in Bago City, and a driver assigned at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, was arrested Thursday after he was identified by one of the police informants.

Salazar was driving a pick-up truck, which was owned by the provincial government, when he hit a tricycle at Bangga Phase 2, Rafael Salas Drive, Barangay Balingasag Wednesday night.

Berlin Bedayo, 25, died on the spot while companions Lea Surmaco, 34; Paula Ureta, 32; and driver Noel Serva, 48, were injured.

Marañon said that he already ordered that the vehicles of the Provincial Government should be parked at the Provincial Capitol building after office hours.

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