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Frustrated murder raps filed vs. SUV owner in Mandaluyong hit-and-run incident

The owner of the SUV in the hit-and-run incident involving a security guard in Mandaluyong City is now facing a complaint for frustrated murder, the Mandaluyong City Police said Tuesday.

Mandaluyong City Police chief Police Colonel Gauvin Mel Unos told GMA News Online that a complaint for Abandonment of One's Own Victim has also been filed against the SUV owner.

“Na-file na po ang case of frustrated murder and Abandonment of One's Own Victim (Violation of Art. 275 of the RPC) against the registered owner of the vehicle,” he said in a message.

Interviewed on GMA News’ Unang Balita, Land Transportation Office (LTO) - National Capital Region director Clarence Guinto said the license of the SUV driver may also be revoked.

At present, the driver's license of the suspect is suspended for 90 days
for preventive action. Guinto said. If a driver is proven unfit to hold a license, his or her license would be perpetually revoked.

“The most that the LTO may render as an adjudication is perpetual revocation kapag na-determine ng LTO na hindi na siya fit magmay-ari ng (if the LTO determines the driver is unfit to hold a) Philippine driver license,” he said.

The show cause order has already been received by the owner of the SUV, according to Guinto. For now, he said the LTO assumes that the registered owner of the concerned vehicle is also the driver in the hit and run incident.

The SUV owner reportedly claimed that it was their child who was driving the vehicle during the incident.

The owner of the vehicle has been invited to go to a preliminary hearing to explain the incident this Tuesday, according to Guinto.

The victim, Christian Joseph Floralde, a security guard, is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital for medical treatment. The incident took place Sunday afternoon. —KBK, GMA News