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2 health workers die as drunk driver rams truck into Bukidnon checkpoint

By Aaron Recuenco 

Two barangay health workers tapped to implement strict measures against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) died, while another health worker and a barangay official were seriously injured, when a speeding truck rammed a quarantine control point in Maramag town of Bukidnon.

Col. Roel Lami-ing, provincial director of Bukidnon, said the driver of the truck even attempted to escape after the incident, but was arrested by responding local policemen who immediately rushed to the area after learning of the accident at 11:50 p.m. on Friday.

Lami-ing identified the fatalities as Jomalyn Buhayon and Margie Maribao, both health workers of Barangay North Poblacion in Maramag. They were declared dead on-arrival at a nearby hospital.

Barangay councilor Aldren Gaitera and health worker Beth Lumanca were taken to the same hospital for treatment,

Maramag Chief of Police Lt. Col. Casan Ali said his men and the barangay health workers and officials were manning the Community Quarantine Point on Sayre Highway when they noticed a speeding 10-wheeler.

Police said the driver of the truck, 24-year old Jemuel Ompoc, was drunk.

Ali said the truck also damaged two motorcycles and a multicab that were parked some 150 meters away from the control point.

“The driver jumped out of the truck and attempted to run away but he was arrested by our responding personnel,” said Lami-ing for his part.

The driver is now under police custody and facing a string of criminal charges.

In Metro Manila, Police Corporal Jay Estavillo was injured when he was hit by a sedan while manning a control point at the corner of Espana and Blumentritt in Sampaloc, Manila.

Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said that the driver of the sedan, 37-year old Philip Anthony Ipapo, appeared to have failed to notice the policeman at the checkpoint.

Both Lami-ing and Sinas reminded motorists to slow down while approaching a checkpoint to prevent any untoward incident.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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