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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

Tanudan LGU allots P.5M assistance to 2020 Lunnog Mabaca accident victims

Tanudan, Kalinga — The Municipal Local Government Unit of this town is set to give P500,000 financial assistance to the victims of the Lunnog, Mabaca vehicular accident in February 2020 that killed at least 3 and injured 9 people.

This is after the members of the Sangguniang Bayan, headed by Vice Mayor Joseph Cosidon gave the authority to Mayor Jaedicke Rhoss Dagadag through the Local Finance Committee to allot financial assistance to the victims of said accident.

Through Resolution No. 2021-293, the body wrote that after due deliberation they deemed it lawful and appropriate to grant the financial assistance to the victims of the road crash chargeable under the Office of the Municipal Mayor.

Mayor Dagadag said that the budget they allot will serve as an aid for the victims – both the survivors and the families of the three who died. He added that they already got the names of those involved in the incident and that their cheque is expected to be distributed this week.

This is not the first assistance the LGU extended to the victims, as they also allotted an amount for the hospitalized victims’ medicine and bills.

The Accident

According to Police Staff Sergeant JR Mawiit, Tanudan Municipal Police Station investigator, a van with 12 passengers including the driver met an accident around 6:30 PM along the national road in Sitio Lunnog in Barangay Mabaca on February 7, 2020.

The van was heading to Tabuk City and was descending a sharp curve when it suddenly rolled to its right side and upturned, resting on top of the concrete barrier at the side of the road.

Unfortunately, 3 people have died on the spot while the rest of the passengers were injured and were rushed to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital and Almora General Hospital.

Meantime, the survivors told police that while they were travelling, they noticed a foul smell coming from the vehicle, of which the driver said it came from the van’s brake when passengers informed him.

When they were approaching the place of the incident, the passengers recalled that the vehicle’s engine suddenly stopped then speed up. And while one was trying to open the passenger door, the vehicle then crashed on the road.

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