4 soldiers die, 7 injured in Samar smashup

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    FOUR soldiers, including a junior officer, died while seven others were injured in a vehicular accident in Paranas town, Samar yesterday morning.

    Eastern Visayas regional police spokeswoman Lt. Col. Maria Bella Rentuaya said the fatalities were 2Lt. Sharefe Cabanog, S/Sgt. Crisostomo Gabuay, Sgt. Romel Ombrog and Sgt. Sherwin Antonio.

    Injured were Lt. Col Edgar Allan Orbito and a Sgt. Abadiano, also from the Army; and Mat Raymond Barante, Warren Dabuet, Janica Obidos Baco, Jella Bacay Baccol, and Sheryl Sayasa Maurillo.

    Rentuaya said the incident happened around 9 a.m. along a national highway in Barangay Apolonia.

    Rentuaya said a truck driven by Elvin Millanes tried to overtake a tricycle being driven by Warren Dabuet and the truck slammed into a Toyota Hilux driven by Antonio on the opposite lane.

    Anotonio and his soldier-companions aboard the Hilux died on the spot.

    Orbito and the rest of injured were brought to the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City for treatment.

    Millanes is under the custody of the Paranas Police Station.

    A motorcycle driver was wounded when his vehicle slammed into a Ford pick-up (WNA-347) in Pasig City last Monday.

    Col. Moises Villaceran Jr., local police chief, identified the motorcycle driver as Apollo Ebora, 32, a security guard. The driver of the pick-up Nilo Romano, 54, was arrested and will face charges of reckless impudence resulting in serious physical injury. – With Christian Oineza