By Ahikam Pasion
Woman dead, 4 others injured in Mangaldan collision
A woman died, while her husband and three others were injured after a forward truck collided with a tricycle in Barangay Poblacion, Mangaldan early Thursday morning, November 17.
Victim Magdalena Ortiguero, 58, fish vendor, was on the way to Dagupan City with her husband Orlando, 59, both residents of Barangay Calaocan in Manaoag town, on board their tricycle when the accident took place.
In an interview with P/Lt. Colonel Benjamin Zarate, officer-in-charge of Mangaldan PNP, the forward truck loaded with broilers driven by Manuel Ragasa and helpers Romel Cabico and Isagano Salonga, all residents of San Fabian town, hit the couple’s tricycle on the curved portion of the road and resulted in Magdalena’s death.
Witnesses said the truck was running fast when the incident occurred. Ragasa tried to evade the tricycle but failed. The truck then crashed into the wall of a local bank, trapping the trio.
The police had to ask assistance from the town’s MDRRMO, BFP, and Dagupan City DRRMO to remove the pinned victims, who were then sent to the hospital as their lower extremities were injured.
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Fish vendor hit by overtaking car, dies
A fish vendor who was crossing the road along Barangay Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City died after being hit by a car on Wednesday morning, November 16.
Victim Rebecca Biason, 53, resident of the barangay, was hit by a speeding vehicle that overtook on the shoulder of the road, said P/Lt. Colonel Vicente Castor Jr., Dagupan City chief of police. Biason was on the way to buy vegetables from her supplier.
“Tumawid yung ginang, tamang-tama may kotse na nag-overtake sa kanan, nablindspot yung kotse kaya hindi Nakita yung biktima”, said Castor in an interview.
Biason was declared dead on arrival. The car driver who was unnamed immediately surrendered and is now under police custody.
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Tricycle driver drops shabu in police checkpoint
A 32-year-old tricycle driver was nabbed by police after accidentally dropping a sachet containing shabu in a checkpoint in Barangay Balayong, San Carlos City.
Suspect Ronnel Paragas, resident of Barangay Bolingit of the same city, was flagged down by policemen in a checkpoint and asked for his license and other pertinent documents.
Paragas, however, was anxious and sweating profusely when he opened his pouch to reach for his driver’s license when one small sachet containing suspected shabu fell out.
Police immediately arrested Paragas, and is now under police custody. He was filed charges in violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165.
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Police nabs San Fabian ‘Spaghetti Man’
A 19-year-old man was arrested by authorities after being caught in the act of stealing electric cables in San Fabian Wednesday, November 16.
Jun Macaranas, a resident of Barangay Nibaliw East, was caught red-handed by authorities along Cacapit Street in Barangay Poblacion.
P/Lt. Colonel Michael Datuin, San Fabian chief of police, said Macaranas was caught stealing the electric cables in the food court area on the street.
During a body search, police also discovered one sachet of suspected dried marijuana leaves in the suspect’s possession, and a handgun with no documents. It was discovered that Macaranas has had previous cases involving theft.
The suspect is now under police custody and was filed charges in violation of RA 10591 and RA 9165, aside from theft.
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Barangay treasurer, cohort arrested in entrapment ops
A barangay treasurer and his cohort were arrested by authorities in an entrapment operation over an extortion case in Alaminos City on Monday, November 14.
Victim Maricel Escobar, 38, resident of Barangay Magsaysay, asked the police for assistance after an extortion attempt. She said she was called by suspect Laurence Jojo Liwanag, 34, who posed as a gun-for-hire, and exposed a plan to kill Escobar.
He, however told Escobar that he would cancel the contract if she were to pay him double the amount given to him to kill her. Escobar suspected that this may be an extortion attempt, prompting her to approach the authorities.
The entrapment was then set at the beauty clinic Escobar owns in Barangay Poblacion Alaminos.
Liwanag, along with barangay treasurer Armando Raposas, 47, of Aporao Bani arrived at the clinic. The two were arrested after the payment of P10,000 was received.
Authorities nabbed six cellphones, a pellet gun replica, and the marked money from the suspects.
The two are now under police custody.
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