Driver was ‘drunk,’ test showed

THE driver of a government-owned vehicle that killed two casino employees in a road accident in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City last Saturday tested positive in a liquor test.

PO2 Chady Jungoy of the Cebu City Traffic Patrol Group (TPG) said Gerard Dela Cruz, 28, was driving under the influence of liquor according to the medical result from Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Dela Cruz was driving a white Honda Civic to pick up his father when the sedan swerved into the opposite lane in Salinas Drive at 6:09 a.m.

The vehicle hit a motorcycle and two pedestrians before damaging a perimeter fence of

a restaurant.

Stable condition

The two men on board the motorcycle identified as Gaudioso Bontilao, 47, and Joselito Lopez, 43, died on the spot.

Jungoy, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said the two wounded victims have been declared in stable condition. They are Danny Vale, 37, of Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City and Ruel Cadiz, 33, of Camotes Island.

They are recuperating in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).

Jungoy said Dela Cruz’ family will help the victims pay for their hospital expenses.

Dela Cruz’ father, Daniel (not Danilo as earlier reported), visited the injured victims at the hospital and attended to their needs.

The sedan (YGX-365) under the name of Daniel was taken to the impounding area of the City Traffic Operations Management. It was issued by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).

As of yesterday, Jungoy said they are waiting for the families of Bontilao and Lopez and the injured victims to decide whether to file charges against Dela Cruz or not.

Dela Cruz used to work in PAGCOR as a poker dealer, where the two fatalities also worked as slot machine attendants.

His father is a manager of Pagcor Casino Filipino in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

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