THREE motorcycle riders were killed in separate road mishaps evening of Jan. 30, 2019 in Iloilo province.
The first incident claimed the lives of two faculty members of the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) – Barotac Nuevo campus.
Glen Dalisay, a resident of Leganes, Iloilo, and Nelson Gatinao Jr., 35, of Barangay Palaypay, Anilao, Iloilo, both died after their motorcycle crashed into a Ceres bus and an Isuzu Canter truck at Barangay Balabag, Dumangas town.
SPO3 Roger Parcon, Dumangas police investigator, said Gatinao was driving the motorcycle and offered Dalisay a ride home.
From Barotac Nuevo, they navigated a curve at Balabag village going to Bangga Bante around 7 p.m. when they allegedly sideswiped the left front portion of the Ceres bus, which was running on the opposite lane.
Parcon said the motorcycle swerved to the left before colliding with the truck.
Rey Estrebillo, 38, of Sara, Iloilo, the Ceres bus driver; and the Isuzu Canters driver Pablo Franciliso, 51, of Barangay Tambal, Janiuay, Iloilo, were held by police.
Parcon said he was asking for dash camera copy of the Ceres Bus but the company has yet to furnish him.
Meanwhile, the second incident has claimed the life of a back rider while the motorcycle driver survived with minor injuries.
Chief Inspector Gervinson Moyo, Oton police chief, identified the victim as Ronald Tamayo, 38, of Barangay Sta. Monica, Oton.
The driver, Jermy Tabaculde, 37, also of Barangay Sta. Monica, was passing through Barangay Pakiad, Oton at around 8:50 p.m. when they rammed into a parked Ford Ranger pick-up.
Moyo said the pick-up was properly parked on the shoulder of the road.
The motorcycle appeared to have bumped the left rear tail light of the vehicle.
Tabaculde sustained abrasions on the different parts of his body while Tamayo sustained head injuries.
Members of the Oton Search and Rescue Team brought the victims to Western Visayas Medical Center but Tamayo was declared dead on arrival.