Two buses stoned anew

LINGAYEN–More incidents of the stoning of buses were registered in the province even after the Regional Police Office relieved four police chiefs in Pangasinan from their posts for failing to stop stoning incidents.

The latest happened in Urdaneta City and in Dagupan City in the early dawn of April 5.

A Victory Liner bus driven by Rommel Magpayo, 37 of Malolos, Bulacan was stoned by two persons identified as Rolando Tamayo, 46, a businessman; and Joma Lucena, 33, both of Barangay Esmeralda, Balungao.

The two suspects were arrested in a follow up operation of the Urdaneta City Police.

Initial investigation showed that prior to the incident the drivers of the Victory Liner and Tamayo, driver of the closed van, had an altercation due to traffic violations at the main crossing in Barangay Poblacion, Urdaneta City.

When they reached the city proper, Tamayo reportedly alighted from his truck and hurriedly boarded a RUSI 150 motorcycle driven by Lucena, and immediately sped off to the west direction and positioned himself and his companion near the road.

When the Victory Liner bus was approaching and heading to the west direction it was pelted with stone by the duo.

Five other bus stoning incidents were registered earlier along the highways in Urdaneta City.

Meanwhile, a Five Star bus was stoned by unidentified suspects at about 2:20 a.m. of April 5 along MacArthur Highway, Mayombo District, Dagupan City, particularly in front of the Puregold Mall in Mayombo.

The Five Star bus driven by Rizaldy Idos, 42, of Bacayao Sur, Dagupan City, was hit on its left side, back 3rd panel window.

The incident happened when the bus had just left its terminal on Perez Boulevard in Dagupan headed for Manila.

The suspects were a group of four persons who were walking on the opposite lane of the highway and quickly ran away to a road alley where they vanished.

Another bus stoning incident was registered earlier along the highway in Bayambang. No suspect has been arrested.

The series of bus stoning incidents have prompted P/Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, police regional director, to announce that if the arrested perpetrators are minors, it will be their parents who will be charged in court. (Leonardo Micua)

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