Hospital denies driver in tragic Skyway road crash left via back door

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MANILA, Philippines—Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) denied that Baldwin Dee Co, the suspect in a vehicular accident that killed a police officer over the weekend, left the hospital through a “back door,” as what the police claimed.

AHMC issued the denial following the announcement of Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas, spokesperson of the National Capital Region Police Office, that the hospital may be slapped with charges for allowing Co to leave the hospital.

Molitas said that AHMC would be in deep trouble if investigations would show that Co was able to leave the hospital through a different exit point while police officers were guarding the main exit.

Co figured in an accident on the Skyway elevated highway last Saturday around 11 p.m. when his “speeding” Ford GT Mustang rammed the vehicle boarded by Chief Inspector Ferdinand Rosario from behind as the policeman’s vehicle was slowing down to get to the side of the road.

The collision caused Rosario’s vehicle to crash into the center barrier and flip over. Rosario was declared dead on arrival in the hospital, while the three other officers who were with him survived.

Co is now a subject of manhunt operations after he allegedly left from the hospital where he was taken after the incident.

In a statement sent to INQUIRER.net, the hospital said that several investigators went to the emergency room to interview Co, as well as his father, Isidro at 1:50 p.m.

Isidro was the first one to be interviewed by the investigators outside the emergency room (ER), and then he accompanied them inside the ER to interview Co until 3:24 p.m.

“All policemen left immediately after conducting the questioning of the patient . . . at about 3:26 p.m. No policemen or investigator remained to watch over the patient,” the statement read, noting that no instruction or endorsement was given to the hospital’s security personnel.

Co’s camp settled the hospital bills at 4:28 p.m. and was discharged from the hospital “through the main entrance door of the ER.”

When two police investigators returned to the hospital at 5:39 p.m. to check on Co and eventually discovered that he has left already, they asked the security guard why the patient was allowed to leave, to which the guard replied: “The hospital has no authority to detain the patient based on hospital policies.”

It also said that the ER physician initially gave Co an admitting order for further observation, but he refused to stay in the hospital.

Co hasn’t been found since then, but Inspector Ferdinand Rosario of the Highway Patrol Group said Co is still in the Philippines.

Nonetheless, Rosario said they are working on getting a hold departure order from the Bureau of Immigration to make sure that Co won’t be able to leave the country.

Rosario, however, said the investigation also noted several lapses on the part of the police officers guarding Co.

Co has been charged by police with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, physical injuries and damage to properties.

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  • marienkind

    The moment he’s found is the moment he dies. I can see the byline now. “Co, nangagaw ng baril, patay” lol. The fastest crimes resolved in this country is those of non-cops killing cops.

  • gilbs72

    Huwag ipasa sa ospital ang katangahan ng pulisya. The report states, that “all policemen left immediately after conducting the questioning of the patient”? Tapos hindi din pala na-endorse yung suspect sa hospital security. Tama yung guard, they don’t have authority to detain the patient – the police does. Kung nag-detain naman sila, pwede din sila kasuhan. Napakadali mag threaten, kasi trabaho ng pulis ang mag-charge ng sibilyan. Eh ang mga pulis, may IMMUNITY???

  • kate

    Are there 2 different Ferdinand Rosarios referred to in the article? 1st Rosario was said to be DOA at hospital while the 2nd Rosario on the latter part of the news was said to be working on a hold departure order?

    • Summerspice

      I’m confused.The reporter needs to check the facts

    • Mang_Ben

      I would not be surprised if a 3rd Rosario would come out in this article.
      Who is the writer of this news?

  • Hunter421

    Thats the fault of the police guarding him. He should have had two policemen posted by his side immediately, not guarding the main entrance. Typically, hospitals have several exits, especially a hospital of this size. The “deep trouble” as claimed by Chief Insp. Kimberly Molitas is nothing more that trying to pass the blame to the hospital. Since when is a hospital a jail that detains patients for alleged crimes?

  • John Sulayman

    Stupid kasi ang mga pulis. They just leave without even ordering the hospital to “not let him leave” as he is the subject of a murder investigation. Mga bobo.

  • $44479964

    Nasalisihan ang 2 pulis kasi puro text ang ginagawa.

  • Loggnat

    ‘ Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas, spokesperson of the National Capital
    Region Police Office, that the hospital may be slapped with charges for
    allowing Co to leave the hospital.’ /// And the NCR police department can be slapped with total incompetence and harassment by the Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) lawyers. This spokesperson should check with the police department’s legal section before she starts shooting off her mouth.

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