Josie Geslani-Tamondong dies in road mishap

MALASIQUI—A former PUNCH columnist and former board member of this province died when she was ran over by a speeding motorcycle at 10:35 a.m. on March 8 along Quezon Blvd. in this town.

P/Supt. Roland Sacyat, town police chief, said Josefina Geslani-Tamondong, 73, resident of Roxas St, Barangay Poblacion here, was declared dead on arrival by her attending physician at the Malasiqui Municipal Hospital.

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Initial police investigation said Tamondong was crossing the street from the westbound lane when the motorcycle driven by Rosendo Ferrer, 30, resident of Magsaysay St., Poblacion here entered the one-way traffic zone in the area.

Ferrer rushed Tamondong to hospital but to no avail.

Tamondong sustained lacerated wound at the back of her head, hematoma and contusion on right eye and loss of consciousness.

Tamondong was then known as “Josie Lolarga” as columnist of The PUNCH in the early 70’s.

She was one of the appointed provincial board members shortly after the EDSA revolution.

Tamondong’s eldest son, Mari Lolarga, said her mother will be moved to the San Juan Ibanghelista Chapel of the St. John Cathedral in Dagupan City tomorrow, Monday March 13 after her remains laid in state at Recto St. in Malasiqui since March 8.

Interment will be at the Malasiqui Public Cemetery after cremation and mass at St. Ildephonse Church in Malasiqui on March 14. (Tita Roces)