The soft implementation of the Anti-Drunk Driving Law has once again resulted in the death of an individual.
Around 12:30 AM today, Celso Calacat, a parking attendant who was working along Tomas Morato Avenue, was killed by an alleged drunk driver who was passing through the thoroughfare at great speed.
Calacat was on his way to assist a parked car near the corner of Tomas Morato and Scout Fuentebella when he was suddenly struck by an oncoming vehicle traveling at high speed, a BMW X5. Calacat was allegedly dragged 30 meters before coming to a stop on the intersection between Scout Fernandez and Tomas Morato.
According to bystanders, the driver of the BMW fled the scene with his vehicle. He was later intercepted by law enforcers two blocks away.
According to eyewitnesses, Go apparently did not show remorse and tried to flee the scene by driving away. He was also allegedly overheard shouting "makapangyarihan ako, makakalaya din ako" (I'm a powerful government official and I will get out this mess).
Calacat sustained serious injuries on his head and torso. Doctors who happened to be within the vicinity tried to revive the 50-year old via CPR. Calacat was eventually brought to Capitol Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:00 AM.
According to P03 Joel Avizo of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Traffic Sector 4, the driver of the BMW who allegedly struck Calacat, was identified as Ed Christopher Siquian Go. "He was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol upon apprehension. We decided to bring the suspect to Jose R. Reyes Hospital for Alcoholic Test, of which he tested positive," said Avizo.
Apart from the initial hit-and-run, Go will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide. In addition, P03 Avizo also stated that Go will be liable for violating the Anti-Drunk Driving Law. Under RA 10586, Go will have to pay a hefty fine that will range from Php 300,000 to Php 500,000, and a penalty under Article 249 of the Revised Penal Code. For now, the police have yet to officially file a case against Go.
The vehicle is currently impounded at QCPD Traffic Sector 4 pending investigation and filing of cases.
This recent incident once again showed the government's lax implementation of RA 10586, aka the Anti-Drunk Driving Law. Despite having stricter penalties, as well as the procurement of necessary equipment like the breath alcohol analyzers, the MMDA and LTO has yet to fully implement the Anti-Drunk Driving Law which could have prevented this and other similar incidents.