Man hit by car owned by QC vice mayor’s aide dies

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MANILA, Philippines—Comatose for nine days after being hit by a car owned by an aide to Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, a 52-year-old government employee died early this week from his injuries, police said Friday.

Charges are being readied against Joseph Teddy Garcia, 41, who allegedly drove the Toyota Revo that hit the victim, Archangel Albiento, on March 11 while he was crossing a street in Barangay (village) Pag-Ibig sa Nayon at around 9:20 p.m..

Albiento, who sustained head injuries, died last Wednesday.

SPO3 Crisaldo Nemenzo, follow-up section chief of the Quezon City Police District’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, said Garcia turned out to be the friend of the registered owner of the Revo, Rowena Macatao, Belmonte’s chief of staff.

Police learned of Garcia’s identity only when the driver went to the QCPD with Macatao’s lawyers, to meet with the Albiento family.

The parties had not yet reached any agreement on a settlement as of Friday. Albiento’s daughter said her family was determined to press charges.

Nemenzo said Garcia faces charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and violation of Article 275 of the Revised Penal Code for the abandonment of a person in danger.

Nemenzo said Macatao did not say who drove her vehicle that night until Garcia showed up.

Three men helped Albiento board a tricycle and took him to the President Diosdado Macapagal Memorial Medical Center, after which the victim was transferred to the Far Eastern University Hospital.

Albiento’s daughter, Adjie, 22, told reporters Friday that they will press charges against Garcia, who opted to remain silent.

The victim’s daughter said three-fourths of the P423,000 in hospital bills have been paid for by Macatao.

Macatao’s lawyer Philip Sawali told reporters that they are willing to help shoulder the expenses.

The lawyer said Macatao never drove the Revo as she did not have a driver’s license and did not know how to drive, but allows her friends to use her vehicle.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    … aid pala ni meyor eh…
    .. abswelto yan…

    • Brax82

      Depende, kung ksama sa KKK si mayor ay oo malamang abswelto si Aide. Baka mapromote pa!

  • wakats

    Further investigation is necessary to determine who really drove the Revo at the time of accident – is it Joseph Teddy Garcia or Rowena Macatao, Vice Mayor Belmonte’s chief of staff, the registered owner of the Revo?

    This article says rowena never drove the subject vehicle as she doesn’t know how to drive. But why did she buy the Revo for?

    • resortman

      Maybe she had too much money to spend she bought only for a show..

  • Hey_Dudes

    Guess what? HOW MUCH?

  • UnliComments

    You’re easy to judge. You dont know whole story. Just wait for the investigation

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Not “easy” but “quick”.

  • Hunter421

    Just curious but aren’t there foot-bridges in that area? Is there no information on how he crossed the road? Was he jaywalking? Just trying to understand the root of the accident.

    • http://twitter.com/mosesalbiento Moses Albiento

      Ako po ang bunsong anak ni Archangel Albiento. Mayroon pong pedestrian lane sa lugar. Tumawid po siya noong naging pula ang kulay ng traffic light. Pababa na po siya ng island nang dumating ang isang sobrang bilis na Revo na minamaneho ni Garcia. Natamaan po siya at ayon sa mga nakasaksi, tumalsik siya 3 meters palayo sa kinatatayuan niya. Kahit nagawa niyang takpan ang kanyang mukha/ulo, tumama pa rin ang ulo niya sa kalsada at naging matindi ang epekto nito sa kalagayan niya na ikinapalya ng ibang mga function sa kanyang katawan upang bumalik sa normal na kondisyon.

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