Mayor wants visa of Indian national involved in Iloilo road mishap cancelled

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — Mayor Jerry Treñas of this city is calling for the cancellation of the visa of an Indian national, who was drunk when he figured in a vehicular accident Sunday night that killed a health worker, and injured three others.

Mayor Jerry Treñas (Mayor Jerry Treñas official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Mayor Jerry Treñas
(Mayor Jerry Treñas official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We are looking into it . He committed several violations, including homicide and attempted homicide,” Treñas said in a Wednesday press conference.

The mayor was referring to 44-year-old Harjinder Gill, who was reportedly drunk while driving a vehicle that slammed into the motorcycle of Henry Jun Jardio, killing the 30-year-old radiologic technologist who was on his way home from hospital duty.

After he tried to escape, Gill’s vehicle also hit another motorcycle that was carrying three persons, namely, John Tupaz, Jane Ricforte and Bonn Sean Sanz. The victims sustained wounds after they were thrown off the side of the bridge because of the impact of the crash.

Police investigator found that Gill had been drinking prior to the deadly incident.

Citing the Bureau of Immigration, Treñas said that Gill was the holder of an investor’s visa.

The Manila Bulletin separately looked up a listing of foreign nationals with valid employment permits. An online listing on the website of the Western Visayas regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) identified Gill as the sales manager of Gill Car Display Center.

The fatal incident involving Gill has put into the limelight the lifting of the liquor ban in Iloilo City as lockdown measures were eased against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on May 16.

Meanwhile, Gill was able to get out of detention last May 26 when he posted P90,000-bail. The Jardio family is preparing criminal charges that will be filed against Gill.

Read more: Health worker slain in drunk driving incident in Iloilo City