IF A speed limit and other practical solutions don’t work in preventing accidents on the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR), perhaps Msgr. Fred Kriekenbeek’s prayers will.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said that all possible ways to ensure road safety at the South Road Properties (SRP) must be explored, including those that are religious in nature.
Rama wants Msgr. Kriekenbeek to visit the CSCR and check if a story he heard may be true.
During a recollection with Archbishop Jose Palma last week, the mayor said a woman came up to him and told him the story of a motorist who felt that someone was sitting next to him inside the car while passing through the coastal road.
In a news conference, Rama said he believes there are good and bad spirits, and he is not discounting the possibility that some bad spirits may be behind the accidents at the CSCR, which have claimed the lives of at least five people so far this year.
“She told me that someone shared na while ga-drive siya, naay nikalit ug tupad nya… Motuo man ko ana because of real-life stories in the past… That’s why I’m trying to get hold of Msgr. Kriekebeek through Archbishop Palma, because I never expected that a woman would approach me and share with me that story,” Rama said yesterday.
Now a retired priest, Kriekenbeek is often called on to say prayers of deliverance during incidents of exorcism.
The mayor said he wants to consult the priest, especially after the accident last March 15 where five people died when a sedan they were in crossed the other lane of the coastal road and collided with a prime mover.
The City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) has implemented a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour at the SRP to prevent road accidents, but some motorists continue to ignore it.
“No one is highlighting the problem, Citom is not that focused on it,” Rama said.
As he explores spiritual intervention, the mayor also tapped an engineer of the Metro Pacific Tollways, who offered to study the road conditions on the CSCR and suggest ways how accidents can be prevented.
Meanwhile, Citom has filed a complaint against a police officer for illegally parking a police patrol car at the back of the Ramos Public Market last March 3.
PO1 Robinson Antecristo allegedly parked the vehicle in front of a no parking sign, just at the back of the Citom office on Ramos St.
“Our traffic enforcer advised him to visit the Citom office to settle the violation. He would have been made to pay the fine of P500 but he never showed up that’s why we were forced to file the complaint,” Citom operations director Joy Tumulak said.
Sun.Star Cebu called the Mobile Patrol Group to get the policeman’s side but he was on patrol duty last night.
Mayor Rama urged Citom to pursue the complaint, which was filed at the City Prosecutor’s Office last March 19.
“No one is above the law. Don’t be afraid, the law is on your side,” he told Citom officers.