posted by Jennie on Dec 28

Here’s hoping that this reaches the concerned authorities of lower Antipolo. Last Christmas day, our car was bumped by an L300 container van, with four adult passengers and a baby sitting up front. All of them were not wearing seat belts. We were already crossing the intersection, Jeff tailing the crossing cars to the other side and the L300 sped off to bump our left fender. Looking at the pictures alone will tell you whose fault it is.

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Although the driver did not exactly voice out owning up to his fault, he was willing to wait for the police officer to do the investigation. But after an hour of waiting, no police officer showed up. It could be that it is Christmas day but even then, a police on duty should be available for roadside assistance and even during accidents such as this.  We ended up just agreeing that we just leave things as is, we were already getting toasted in midday heat for almost an hour.

Three of the other passengers left in a cab, including the baby and if there was a lesson that they need to be told is that they shouldn’t drive without seatbelts and they are practically just putting the baby in danger by crowding in the front seat, all four of them and a baby.  One of the lady passengers scratched her knees which was essentially because she was not wearing a seatbelt and wearing a seat belt was not possible if there are four adults riding in the front seat with a baby.  Thank God nothing happened to the baby! But what they did was just plain suicide, if you ask me.  To think that the driver was holding a professional license, this is really one unthinkable thing and on a Christmas day, at that.

I remember so many years back (around 2002) when a similar accident happened in Masinag and a colorum jeepney beat the traffic light, sped off, peeling off the Corolla’s bumper the hubby was driving. The police was there all right but after a handful of follow ups, all they did was charge us with hundreds of pesos for what they said to be for the “official photos” (P150/photo to be exact) that needed to be submitted alongside the police report. We wouldn’t have minded, except that we know better that in 2002, that P150 cost for developing should be good for at least one roll of film of at least 24 pictures. With these encounters that we’ve had so far with Antipolo police officers, I am left to conclude that they are so unreliable, not to mention corrupt. We ended up dropping the case altogether. There was also a time when my folks’ house was broken into by thieves and it took a long time before they came and nothing happened out of investigation.  This is one of the major reasons living in the Philippines is so frustrating. I hope this reaches the Antipolo local government and do something about their local police officers.

7 Comments to “How Antipolo Police responded to road accidents we met”

  1. Badet Says:

    Glad no one was hurt in the accident especially the baby. Tsk tsk, Christmas pa naman when this happened. It’s really frustrating in situations like this when you needed police assistance and nothing came. This is one the worst problems here in our country. I remember when my brother was also hit by a speeding bus along Edsa, after long hours of waiting, the bus driver just ran away with his obligation and the police didn’t do anything, not even confiscate his license.

    Be safe sis… =)

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    Jennie Reply:

    Thanks, sis! :-) I was really concerned about the baby. An angel must have taken care of him or her kasi diba he or she was just sitting on the lap. The baby is really the first one to absorb the impact. Very traumatic and that is something they shouldn’t have subjected themselves to. Frustrating din tlaga, to think that he should all the more be careful since he is carrying a professional driver’s license.

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    Jennie Reply:

    teka, sis. What happened to your brother? :-( How was he hit? Is he okay. Nakakaiyak mga ganitong pangyayari na nakakainis. Sigh!

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  2. Ricky Says:

    Again?! Mas matindi ba ito kesa nung 15? Ingat kayo lagi.

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  3. Angel Cuala Says:

    Actually, I also heard from the news this morning a road accident somewhere wherein the cause is the loss of visibility due to smoke from burned farm. I think the death reached 4 people.

    Anyway, I am glad yours did not really hurt anyone especially the baby. I wish this will be a good lesson for them to learn.

    Minsan kasi, nagiging pabaya ang mga drivers sa kalye.

    Happy New Year!

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  4. lemuel Says:

    hi, how unfortunate for the accident to happen on Christmas day. buti na lang walang masamang nangyari sa inyo and to the driver and passengers of the van most especially the baby. and it really unbelievable that until now, local police, in Antipolo, one of the most famous and populated cities in Rizal has a very unreliable police force. and for people not to wear seatbelts? hindi ba general knowledge na for safety yun? it doesn’t have to be a law for citizens to actually do it, but for us Pinoys, we really do not get the purpose of seatbelts… really sad

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  5. brian Says:

    Happy nobody was hurt in the mishap above all the baby.

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