By EDWIN IYO
GINGOOG City — A young man died while at least 26 others, mostly militiamen, were injured when a military truck collided with a two-door car on the highway in Agay-ayan, this city, at around 4:18 am yesterday.
Supt. Ariel Philip Pontillas, Gingoog police chief, identified the dead as Raymark Abasolo, 23, of Purok 6, Mambitoon, Barangay 18 here.
Abasolo was seated beside the driver of a Chevrolet Spark that collided head-on with the military truck that was bringing soldiers and militiamen to Cagayan de Oro.
Police, quoting witnesses, said the two vehicles collided at high speed.
Pontillas said the car driver, 22-year old Bayquin Tictic of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon was badly hurt. He said Tictic reeked of alcohol.
Investigators said Tictic and Abasolo had come from neighboring Barangay San Luis where they had been in a drinking binge on Thursday night. They were with Regieman Badbad, 21, of Catuan, Barangay Lunao here, who was also hurt.
The impact of the collision threw the car towards a bridge’s railing while the military truck overturned and obstructed the vehicular traffic flow here.
Police said four soldiers were injured. They were identified as truck driver Corporal Rogen Apolonio of the 3rd Special Forces Batallion in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, Private John Eric Oalin and Corporals Melvin John Monteclaro and Path Quibuyen.
Also injured were 20 members of militiamen identified as Ricky Bucalis, Ariel Alexandro, Richard Masangay, Jerry Pitilo, Jecjec Lozada;
Jolebert Rivas, Marlon Mabandos, Marjun Alonzo, Jesmon Lasan, Junivet Sawod;
Joan Lozada, Alejandro Samson, Carmeno Medrano, Renato Awing, Rannie Ayawon;
Ruchie Gallano, Junrey Medrano, Irish Geronda, and Vanessa Presoscia.