Police Chief questions media's coverage on City Hall vehicle crash PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:03

By LIZA JOCSON

Zamboanga City Police Chief Sr Supt Luisito Magnaye has questioned the media’s continued reportage on the vehicular accident involving the security back up vehicle of the City Mayor.

“Nagtataka lang ako kasi itong simpleng vehicular accident eh bakit pinalalaki ng pinalalaki..” said Magnaye during a regular City Hall press briefing.

Magnaye is referring to an accident in Lunzuran last March 31 involving the brand new Ford Ranger pick up which served as the security back up vehicle of Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar.

During the press briefing yesterday, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar pointed to Magnaye as having information regarding the investigation when she was prodded to give an update.

“As i said for the third press conference, it’s being investigated and Colonel Magnaye can give you a a response..” said Climaco- Salazar.

Magnaye provided an update on the investigation but also questioned the media on why they seem to be focused on the investigation of the City Hall vehicle.

Yesterday’s press briefing was the third time questions were asked by the media regarding the controversial accident.

The Police official also questioned the apparent lack of attention by the media on a vehicular accident involving a PNP vehicle, also a government vehicle, in Labuan last April 12.

The 6X6 PNP truck injured 16 people who were on their way home after attending interment rites of a PNP member who was killed in a shootout with lawless elements.

“Nawalan ng preno, napakaluma na din,” explained Magnaye.

In contrast to the PNP vehicle however, the security back-up vehicle which reportedly met an accident last March 31, was a newly purchased Ford Ranger pick up vehicle by the city government worth more than P1-million.

The vehicle crashed onto a concrete fence and fell onto a ridge in barangay Lunzuran, injuring at least two passengers.

Speculations have since hounded the incident after different versions were said to have been contained in a police report and witnesses who were at the scene of the accident.

Doubts specifically surround the driver of the vehicle and the passengers and the purpose for which the vehicle was used during the time of the accident.

Mediamen reportedly obtained reports about the city hall vehicular accident from unofficial sources.

Mayor Climaco herself admitted that she was out of town during the accident.

Climaco directed Magnaye to conduct a deeper investigation on the incident. (Liza Jocson)