Cover-up feared in City Hall vehicle crash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 April 2017 12:12

By BHONG SIMBAJON

Suspicions of an alleged cover-up have surfaced surrounding the reported accident of a newly purchased city government vehicle assigned to the office of the City Mayor.

This as inconsistencies continue to come up during the investigation being conducted by police and members of the media in the course of their coverage of the incident.

Based on an initial investigation conducted by the Divisoria Police Station, a concerned resident called up the station at around 12noon that day to report that a vehicular accident transpired at the Lunzuran by-pass road.

Accordingly, a Ford Ranger pick-up type vehicle crashed onto a concrete fence and fell through a narrow ridge in the area.

The incident was recorded in blotter entry no. 07720-2017 dated March 31, 2017 and was turned over to a police investigator for proper disposition.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the pick-up type vehicle was identified as a certain Joemer Mendoza y Labacanacruz, 38 years old, married and a resident of Candido Street, Tetuan.

The accident resulted from a reported miscalculation by the driver who stepped on the accelerator in the process of making a turn.

The vehicle crashed onto a concrete fence owned by Mrs. Hilda Chiong and then fell towards a narrow ridge and got stuck on a tree.

The driver reportedly sustained injuries on his right shoulder and was brought by witnesses to a local hospital for treatment.

The vehicle sustained a damaged windshield on the driver’s side and blown airbags on both sides which showed blood stains.

Speculations however began to surface after witnesses in the area provided more details on the accident.

A witness said that there were two more passengers on board the vehicle when the accident occurred.  This can be substantiated by a bloodied airbag on the passenger seat right next to the driver.

Another source who assisted in pulling out the injured passengers said that a member of the Philippine Army was among the passengers.

During her regular press briefing last week, Mayor Maria Isabelle- Climaco Salazar told mediamen that she has ordered a probe on the alleged accident involving her own back-up vehicle.

At present, there is still no information on the identities  and condition of the passengers.

Divisoria Police Station Commander Chief Inspector Arlan Delumpines said that they are presently conducting a deeper investigation due to inconsistencies on the police report and witnesses’ testimonies.

This is further compounded by photos showing damage sustained by the vehicle.  (Bhong Simbajon/ RMN News)