Cop at checkpoint hurt by wayward car

MANNING a Quarantine Control Point (QCP) can kill or send somebody to the hospital.

A Manila policeman manning a QCP in Sampaloc who was hospitalized after being struck by a car Friday evening, said National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold M. Sinas.

Maj. Gen. Sinas said that Corporal Charlton Jay Estavillo, an investigator from the Manila Police District Station 4, was hospitalized at the Chinese General Hospital after he was struck by a Toyota Vios 8 p.m. Friday at the corner of España and Blumentrit Sts. in Sampaloc.

Sinas said that the driver of the 2013 model Toyota Vios identified as Philip Anthony Ipapo,37, a resident of 2811 South Tower, La Verti Residences in Barangay San Isidro, Pasay City was apprehended by Cpl. Estavillo’s colleagues and turned over to the MPD Traffic Enforcement Unit for investigation and filing of criminal charges.

An investigation showed that Cpl. Estavillo and his colleagues were manning the QCP and checking the temperature of people as part of the NCRPO’s effort to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

However, the Quiapo-bound car accidentally sideswept Estavillo who was immediately attended to by a local volunteer. The injured policeman was to undergo an x-ray and CT-scan to determine the extent of the injuries he sustained as a result of the incident.

Following the incident, Sinas reminded motorists to slow down whenever they pass thru QCPs in Metro Manila.

“I am saddened by this report because I know that this policeman has sacrificed  a lot to secure the safety of the residents of Manila. To our fellowmen, if you feel sleepy, tired or, sick, please stay at home. The police officers are working for your safety, please stay at home for us,”he said.            

“Indeed, the risk in the life of a police is undeniable. Therefore, I will see to it that NCRPO will provide him the medical assistance he deserves,” Sinas said as he ordered the concerned NCRPO and MPD officers headed by Brig. Gen. Rolando F. Miranda to ensure that Cpl. Estavillo’s medical needs will be fully taken care of.