MANNING a Quarantine Control Point (QCP) is not only bad for one officer’s health but can also kill or send somebody to the hospital.
This was proven in the case of two QCP personnel in Maramag, Bukidnon who were killed and two others who were seriously injured after they were hit by a speeding truck being driven by a drunken driver late evening Friday.
There was also the case of a Manila policeman manning a QCP in Sampaloc who was hospitalized after being struck by a car on the same evening, said National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas.
In Bukidnon, Police Regional Office 10 director, Brigadier Gen. Rolando B. Anduyan said that truck driver Jemuel Ompoc, a 24-year old resident of Kimanait, Pangantucan, Bukidnon is now being held at the Maramag Muncipal Police Station jail facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide and multiple physical injuries and driving under the influence of liquor.
Anduyan said an initial investigation showed that local barangay officials were manning a QCP at the Sayre Highway in Camp-1, Maramag municipality around 11:45 p.m. Friday when they were hit by the speeding truck owned by one Mariel Sabado.
Witnesses said the truck loaded by sugarcane was on its way to Don Carlos municipality from the Crystal Sugar Milling Company when its driver struck the QCP along the Sayre Highway.
As a result, local barangay councilors Jomalyn Buhayon and Margie Maribao died while being taken to the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital while fellow ‘kagawads’ Aldren Gaitera and Beth Lumanca were listed in serious condition due to severe head and body injuries.
Investigators said that after striking the QCP, the 10-wheeler truck continued running and smashed into a Honda XRM with plate no. C49994 and a multi-cab van with plate no. ABV-5293 which were parked about 150 meters away from the checkpoint.
Anduyan said that the truck driver tried to flee the scene but was apprehended by pursuing barangay officials and personnel from the Maramag police. The killer truck with plate no, MDX-119 was impounded at the local police station.
In Manila, 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 along España Street corner Blumentrit St. in Sampaloc.
Sinas said the driver of the 2013 model Toyota Vios with plate no. URO-143 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 put up in a well-lit area of España corner Blumentrit Streets and checking the temperature of people as part of the NCRPO’s effort to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
However, while the policemen were performing their duty, 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 see to it that Cpl. Estavillo’s medical needs will be fully taken care of.