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Police file raps vs. 3 guards for preventing access to Mandaluyong hit-and-run suspect


Police on Wednesday filed a complaint for obstruction of justice against three security personnel of a Quezon City subdivision where the suspect in the much publicized hit-and-run incident in Mandaluyong City resides.

"Nasampahan na po ng kaso mga security guards kaninang umaga ng obstruction of justice. Tatlo po. Kasama dun ang security officer," Mandaluyong City Police chief Police Colonel Gauvin Mel Unos told GMA News Online in a message.

(A complaint for obstruction of justice has been filed against the security guards this morning. They are three respondents, including the security officer.)

A report by Super Radyo dzBB’s Mark Makalalad said the complaint was filed with the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

Unos said the three respondents prevented the police from going to the suspect's house in Barangay Old Balara twice.

A complaint for frustrated murder and abandonment of one's own victim has already been filed against the suspect, who is the registered owner of the SUV, according to Land Transportation Office (LTO) records.

LTO has set the final hearing on the hit-and-run incident on Friday, June 10. A hearing was set on Tuesday but the suspect did not attend it.

After skipping Tuesday's hearing, the owner of the SUV involved in the incident was given a "final notice" to attend the proceedings.

On Sunday, the said SUV hit a security guard who was directing traffic at the corner of Julia Vargas Avenue and St. Francis Street in Mandaluyong City.

The guard, identified as Christian Joseph Floralde, was trying to stop the SUV at an intersection. In a dashcam footage, he was seen stopping a white SUV but was instead hit by the vehicle.

Instead of helping the fallen victim, the SUV driver ran over him and escaped. Floralde is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital for medical treatment. —KBK, GMA News

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