December 8, 2022

Two of the 19 passengers of a jeepney that figured in an accident in Bontoc, Mountain Province while en route to a wedding in Benguet are still in the hospital, police said.

Maj. Joshua Belien Mateo, Bontoc municipal police acting chief, said driver Clifford Chamkas and passenger Banayan Saowad were already discharged from the Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital. Two other injured passengers, Rosita Awingan and Betty Fararao, both 65 years old, are still at the same hospital. All other passengers are now safe.

The group was on their way to Madaymen, Buguias on May 17 to attend a wedding of a relative.

The jeepney experienced mechanical failure in Bontoc, prompting the driver to ram the vehicle to the mountainside to avoid falling in the ravine but it fell to its side, injuring four persons.

Land Transportation Office-CAR Director Francis Almora reminded the public to always observe the capacity limit of vehicles as a precautionary measure, with overloading being one of the main causes of accidents. Dionisio Dennis, Jr.