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7 motorbike riders die in road mishaps

Gilbert Bayoran - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Seven persons died in road accidents involving motorcycles in Negros Occidental and Batangas in the past two days.

Ralph Laurence Laude, 19, was driving a motorcycle with Angellyn Janna Guelas, 27, and Racelle Mendoza, 20, when their vehicle was hit by a Jac Liner bus in Barangay San Jose, Sto. Tomas, Batangas at 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

Investigation showed that the bus driven by Venancio Quirol, which was heading toward Lucena City, hit the motorcycle on the opposite direction.

Police said the accident occurred while the motorcycle was overtaking another vehicle.

Wainright Villarin, 18; Romulo Pantaleon, 42, and a 10-year-old, whose identity was withheld by the police, were on two motorcycles that collided along the highway in Barangay Patun-an, Calatrava, Negros Occidental on Sunday. They were pronounced dead on arrival at the Calatrava District Hospital.

Julie Pantaleon and another minor motorcycle rider were injured and remain in critical condition in the same hospital.

In Pulupandan town also in Negros Occidental, the motorcycle driven by Jonas Engalla crashed in  Barangay Patic. Engalla was declared dead on arrival at the Bago City District Hospital.

Records show that a majority of road accidents in the country involved motorcycles.

At least 5,105 motorcycle accidents occurred in the first 10 months of the year, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade had said, citing data from the Philippine National Police.

A report from the Department of Health also showed that 19,852 cases or 65 percent of road accidents last year involved motorcycles.

“The price of a swift and cheap ride may be your life,” Tugade said. – Ed Amoroso, Emmanuel Tupas, Arnell Ozaeta

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