February 23, 2024

Mendoza orders probe into fatal road rage incident in Tondo, Manila 

LAND Transportation Office (LTO) has ordered a thorough investigation into the fatal road accident in Tondo, Manila involving a trailer truck and a delivery van that happened on Thursday, October 12.  

LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II said he already instructed LTO-National Capital Region Director Roque Verzosa III to issue a Show Cause Order (SCO) to the registered owner of the trailer truck and its driver identified by the police as Marlon Valdez Ilas.  

Mendoza’s order was based on a news report about the death of delivery van driver Benjamin Endrina Bagtas who was crushed to death when he was pinned between his van and the trailer truck following what appears to be a result of a road rage incident. 

Based on the police report obtained by the LTO, both the drivers of the delivery van and the trailer truck were cutting each other’s path along the southbound of Mel Lopez Boulevard in Tondo. 

Bagtas then alighted from the vehicle but he was pinned against the van and the trailer truck when Ilas veered the truck towards his direction and continue driving which resulted in the victim being dragged. 

“Paulit-ulit po nating sinasabi na walang mabuting idinudulot and init ng ulo sa daan. Lagi po nating iisipin na tayo ang talo kapag hinayaan nating manaig ang init ng ulo,” said Mendoza. 

“Lagi nating tatandaan na meron tayong pamilyang uuwian at maapektuhan kapag nagdulot na ng hindi maganda ang init ng ulo. Maging responsible tayong driver kapag nasa daan dahil ito naman ang hinihingi ng pamahalaan sa atin ng tayo ay bigyan ng lisensya sa pagmamaneho,” he added. 

The victim was declared dead in the hospital while the driver of the trailer truck is now under police custody and facing criminal charges.

 Mendoza said the office of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista was already informed of this latest incident of road rage.