Asian Hospital may face raps over escape of hit-and-run suspect

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MANILA, Philippines—Asian Hospital may face charges if investigations would show it helped a hit-and-run suspect escape, a National Capital Region Police Office official said Tuesday.

NCRPO Police Director Leonardo Espina has called for an investigation into the alleged escape of suspect Baldwin Co, 50, from the Asian Hospital where he was confined as he ordered a full-blown probe into the death of Chief Inspector Ferdinand Rosario, 37, Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas Gonzales said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

NCRPO director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Gonzales said Co was able to elude arrest by using the hospital’s “back door” as police officers were guarding the main exit.

“Sa harap ng hospital nagbabantay ang HPG at safety battalion . . . nalaman na lang na wala na iyong suspect kasi allegedly pinadaan sa back door,” she said.

Espina has said that charges would be filed against the hospital if investigation would prove it helped in Co’s escape, said Gonzales.

She said Rosario was driving a Mitsubishi Adventure with three other police officers along the Skyway when their vehicle had a flat tire, prompting Rosario to slow down and get to the side of the road.

A “speeding” black Ford GT Mustang (without plate number) driven by Co, however, hit their vehicle from behind, causing their car to crash into the center barrier and turn turtle.

Rosario was rushed to the Ospital ng Muntinlupa but was declared dead-on-arrival, while the three other police officers were taken to the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame for physical check-up.

In a statement, Espina recognized Rosario for his efforts in closely monitoring police officers assigned as bus marshal during the Lenten season, leading to zero hold-up/robbery incident on buses.

Espina gave a posthumous medal to honor Rosario, aside from financial assistance. The medal was received by his brother and sister.

For the full report, listen to the attached audio clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

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  • alfred sanchez

    ayus mga pulis nalusutan ni manoy, sino kayang tangang kriminal dadaan sa main door, malamang sa backdoor ang daan nun or kahit sa bintana pa

  • Karabkatab

    Hit..Run..Confine.. then Run Again…Two runs and this time he run without paying the Bill? Bagay talaga kay Co ang Mustang…

  • caloyski65

    i salvage na lang ng mga pulis yan pag nahuli nila….

  • rightist

    Kalokohan! Pwede naman bantayan sa kwarto ang suspek at pwede nakaposas ang paa.

    • blue01

      Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt first. Baka kasi hindi rin sila pinayagan ng hospital to do that. Kaya nga under investigation pa.

  • jinx

    Shame on those hospital personnel responsible for his escape.

    • Hunter421

      Shame on those policemen guarding him!

  • UrHONOR

    HINDI naman basta-bastang nakakalabas ng ospital, ke front door o back door, ng walang nakaka-alam na nurse or nurse aid na naka-destino sa kinalalagyang kwarto ng pasyente. At kapag nagpumilit ang pasyenteng umalis at lumabas, kaagad naka-red alert ang secuirty sa buong hospital. Maliwanag na may ka-kombinasyon na taga loob ang TNL na Co sa pagtakas. Hindi naman makakalayo ang TNL na yan dahil marami ng mata at tainga ang MM ngayon.

  • marienkind

    Next week’s article will read: “Hit and run suspect, nang-agaw ng baril, patay.”

  • alex_diaz2014

    Bakit na flat tire sa skyway? Meron bang early warning device yung pulis nang maflat tire? From the perspective ni Co, wag naman sana syang maproject as a hardened criminal, accident yun, baka dahil din sa kapabayaaan nung mga pulis. Hindi rin siguro kasalanan yun ng Asian Hospital, andaming nakakatakas na preso, dahil din sa either pabaya yung mga bantay nila o yung mga bantay mismo ang kakutsaba sa pagpapatakas…

    • BongCastaneda

      Oo mukhang di naman maiwasan ni Co kasi nag flat tire kung baga out of control na yung sasakyan sa harap niya wala na panahon para umiwas si Co.
      kaya siguro nagtago na si Co kasi hindi tatangapin ng mga pulis na aksidente nangyari.

  • Jimbox88

    Naka bantay sa lahat ng exit. Baka sa entrance lumabas.

  • XY ZEE

    Intsik nanaman…

  • Hunter421

    Seems like the police officers guarding him should be responsible.

  • rlo

    Asian is a big hospital with multiple exit/entry points. The cops probably didn’t have enough people to cover them. But there’s internal security. Oh well…. trali lalalala

  • randyaltarejos

    What the NCRPO can do is to request for the video footages of the entry and exit doors at the time of the escape of Co. From there, one could check if somebody guided Co to where the back door was.

  • wawa2172

    The police allowed the man to escape, why? Instead of guarding the room where Co is confined sa harap nang hospital nagtalaga nang bantay ang mga police. How do we call it, katangahan. The hospital guards the exits that would allow patients who have paid their bills be discharge. Still, its policeman call to take over the responsibility not to allow Co to escape, dapat napusasan na. Throwing the blame to the hospital is so stupid police action.

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