Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

5 dead, 15 hurt in N. Cotabato road mishap

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines -- Five people were killed and 15 injured in a vehicular accident Monday afternoon along the national highway in President Roxas town, North Cotabato.

Senior Inspector Sosana Gumiling, town police chief, told reporters that an Elf cargo truck (plate no. LCK 896), loaded with sacks of palay and some hitchhikers, was negotiating a curve when its brakes malfunctioned around 2 p.m.

Gumiling said the driver, Alfredo Lopez, tried to control the vehicle but it slammed into an oncoming motorcycle before it turned-turtle.

Most of the victims were buried under the truck's cargo, she said.

Gumiling said killed were Edgar Gregorio, Clemente Gregorio, Tata Marcillana, Boray Manggaray and truck helper Roldan Upos.

The truck was headed to the town center to sell newly harvested palay when the accident happened.

Wounded victims, some in critical condition, were rushed to nearby hospitals. The truck driver and motorcycle driver were also hurt.(Edwin Fernandez, Jeoffrey Maitem; INQ.net)

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