Muntinlupa police identifies fatality in Skyway girder accident

Published November 21, 2020, 7:20 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City Police have identified the person who died after a girder of the ongoing Skyway extension project collapsed on East Service Road in Barangay Cupang Saturday morning.

EEI Corp., the project contractor, earlier said that about 8:50 a.m., a crane that was being operated tilted and hit the girder that was positioned between two posts of the north-bound Skyway extension project. The girder fell on vehicles below.

According to the Muntinlupa Police, Edison Visaga Paquibot, a driver of a Yamaha Mio Soul motorcycle, was declared dead on arrival at the Alabang Medical Clinic in Barangay Alabang, Muntinlupa. The crane was operated by Enrico Gregorio, 41, of Molino 3, Bacoor, Cavite, the police added.

The police said that the vehicles that were damaged by the girder were a Mitsubishi Adventure driven by Henry Zosar, 54, from San Pedro, Laguna;  Toyota Vios taxi driven by Rogelio Cueno, 60, of Bagong Silangan, Quezon City; Hyundai H100 driven by Aner Regachuelo of Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City; Suzukı Raider motorcycle driven by Juanito Dumalig Jr. of Alabang; Yamaha Mio motorcycle driven by Reden Abanil Resus of Alabang; and Honda Beat motorcycle driven by Edwin Sagun of San Pedro, Laguna. They were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has asked Skyway to immediately explain the incident and to execute concrete plans for the safety of motorists so it will not happen again.

EEI Corp. earlier said that it was “monitoring the progress of the injured and are trying to get in touch with their next of kin for proper coordination and to extend any assistance they may need.”

“Our hearts and prayers go with the affected families. This is an unfortunate and heart-breaking accident that must not happen again. We will review immediately our safety and operating protocols as we build a strategic infrastructure for the public’s convenience,” the Skyway extension project contractor added.