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Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Ten people were injured when the bus they were riding fell and landed upside down into a ravine in Tagkawayan, Quezon, early Saturday, police said.

Driver Gonzalo Joble, 65, was injured along with passengers Jinky Agra, 43, Josephine Bailey, 45, Manuel Lagramada, 56, Maria Reina Lagramada, 54, Ma. Cecilia Orain, 27, Emmlon Orain, 20, Monica Siaton, 25, all of Naga City; Arnel Doroteo, 31, of Antipolo City; and Roland Sibajon, 31, of Damulog, Bukidnon, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

The 10 were brought to the Maria Eleazar Memorial District Hospital, with Joble placed under the Tagkawan Police’s custody, Canals said.

The incident occurred around 12 a.m. while the Pe├▒afrancia Tours bus (TYV-282) was travelling along the Quirino Highway in Brgy. San Vicente.

Joble was reportedly driving the bus from the Bicol region to Manila.

Investigation indicated that while maneuvering a descending section, Joble swerved to the right to avoid a newly-constructed portion of the road but lost control of the steering wheel, Canals said.

The bus fell and landed upside down into a ravine about 12 feet deep, he said.

A concerned citizen reported the incident around 12:10 a.m. so members of the Tagkawayan Police, Municipal Health Unit, and civilian volunteers conducted a rescue operation and pulled out the bus occupants, Canals said. (John Roson)

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Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

Photo courtesy of Quezon Police Provincial Office

Nine people, including four minors, died after a passenger bus collided with and dragged the tricycle they were riding, along the Maharlika Highway in Calauag, Quezon, early Sunday, police said.

Passengers Natividad Breva, 51; Federico Ebiernas, 44; Letecia Ebiernas, 43; Jackielyn Casabon, 29; Krizel Pera, 14; Glicel Casabon, 9; Daniela Olanda, 9; and Kathleen Casabon, 7, died on the spot while their driver Redentor Olanda, 37, was declared dead at the St. Peter Hospital, Quezon provincial police spokesman Chief Insp. Ediclle Canals said.

The incident occurred around 7:25 a.m., while Olanda was driving the tricycle along the highway’s portion in Brgy. Biyan.

The tricycle was heading towards Calauag town proper when it was hit by the Arandia Bus Line unit (EVN-970) being driven by Albert Oli from Manila to Bicol, Canals said.

The bus dragged the tricycle some 56 meters from the point of impact, he said.

Investigation showed that Oli overtook another bus by using the opposite lane, causing his bus to collide head on with Olanda’s tricycle.

Oli’s bus suffered heavy damage due to the strong impact, while the tricycle was totally wrecked, Canals said.

The fatalities’ bodies have been brought to a local funeral parlor while Oli is now detained at the Calauag Police Station.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property are now being prepared against the bus driver, Canals said. (John Roson)

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Armed men abducted a radio reporter and commentator inside a restaurant in Candelaria, Quezon, early Sunday, police said.

Melinda Jennifer Glifonea, of 103.1 FM Edge Radio, was abducted shortly before 4 a.m., while she was eating at the Lugawan ng Masa restaurant along Argao st., Brgy. Poblacion, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.

Two men wearing bull caps and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs arrived at the restaurant on a silver Toyota Innova, drew short firearms, and declared a heist, Canals said.

The gunmen ordered everyone inside the restaurant to lie on the floor, forcibly took Glifonea to their vehicle, then fled towards the direction of Brgy. Pahinga Norte and the Candelaria Bypass road, he said.

The incident was captured on the establishment’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

The abductors’ vehicle had its registration plate covered, but its conduction sticker 7858 was seen, Canals said.

Members of the Candelaria Police are still tracking down the abductors and the victim as of this writing. (John Roson)

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