Road 10, a killer’s highway

BEFORE we call it a week, I could not let it pass without writing about the obvious absence of law and order along Road 10 (R-10) in Tondo, Manila, not to mention the lack of clear traffic signs or if at all, flagrant violations of traffic rules and regulations.

R-10 is one of the most important thoroughfares in Manila not only because it connects Manila to the cities of Navotas, Caloocan and Malabon but also, most importantly, it is where the major inter-island port of Manila, North Harbor and the Manila Container Port are located.

So naturally, R-10 is the usual route for big cargo trucks which, by the way, ignored the “No Parking” and “No U-Turn” signs. These 10-wheeler trucks even double-parked during rush hours, or do some repair along the road.

For those who are still not familiar with R-10, it is where notorious and now closed dumpsite, called Smokey Mountain is located. Incidentally, the Smokey Mountain is just right across the SM Hypermarket.

So, one could really expect that traffic congestion is terrible here. Day in or day out.
The only exception, of course, that R-10 seems deserted is whenever our popular boxer-turned-politician, Manny Pacquiao, has a fight. Well, much just the same in other roads in Metro Manila.

Last Tuesday night, however, we were caught in an extremely heavy traffic along this notorious killer highway in Manila. For a while we thought it was one of those heavy traffics that we ordinarily encounter on our way home to Malabon after a day’s work.

But it was not the case this time because, as we were stuck for more than three hours inside our small vehicle, we learned later on that a security guard was shot by still unidentified robber whom the former was trying to stop from holding up a couple inside a taxi in the area.

As the poor security guard, identified as Nemencio Berzola, collapsed on the greasy, filthy ground at the busy intersection of R-10, corner Moriones Street in Tondo, Manila, he was ran over by a truck that eventually sealed his death. What a way to die!

Such tragic death of Berzola, who is being a good Samaritan, is just one death too many.

A quick news search on the Internet would show you several fatal road accidents and crimes committed along R-10, many of which have remained unreported to authorities.

One could not help wonder where our policemen and traffic officers are. Berzola could have been saved had there been a police officer on duty. But hell no, no one from the Manila Police District or from Metro Manila Development Authority was there at all to aid the poor couple.

R-10 is a “killer highway” in as much as it is a “killer’s highway.”

 

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ROAD 10, A KILLER’S HIGHWAY

Road 10, a killer’s highway

Before we call it a week, I could not let it pass without writing about the obvious absence of law and order along Road 10 (R-10) in Tondo, Manila, not to mention the lack of clear traffic signs or if at all, flagrant violations of traffic rules and regulations.
R-10 is one of the most important thoroughfares in Manila not only because it connects Manila to the cities of Navotas, Caloocan and Malabon but also, most importantly, it is where the major inter-island port of Manila, North Harbor and the Manila Container Port are located.

So naturally, R-10 is the usual route for big cargo trucks which, by the way, ignored the “No Parking” and “No U-Turn” signs. These 10-wheeler trucks even double-parked during rush hours, or do some repair along the road.

For those who are still not familiar with R-10, it is where notorious and now closed dumpsite, called Smokey Mountain is located. Incidentally, the Smokey Mountain is just right across the SM Hypermarket.

So, one could really expect that traffic congestion is terrible here. Day in or day out.
The only exception, of course, that R-10 seems deserted is whenever our popular boxer-turned-politician, Manny Pacquiao, has a fight. Well, much just the same in other roads in Metro Manila.

Last Tuesday night, however, we were caught in an extremely heavy traffic along this notorious killer highway in Manila. For a while we thought it was one of those heavy traffics that we ordinarily encounter on our way home to Malabon after a day’s work.

But it was not the case this time because, as we were stuck for more than three hours inside our small vehicle, we learned later on that a security guard was shot by still unidentified robber whom the former was trying to stop from holding up a couple inside a taxi in the area.

As the poor security guard, identified as Nemencio Berzola, collapsed on the greasy, filthy ground at the busy intersection of R-10, corner Moriones Street in Tondo, Manila, he was ran over by a truck that eventually sealed his death. What a way to die!

Such tragic death of Berzola, who is being a good Samaritan, is just one death too many.

A quick news search on the Internet would show you several fatal road accidents and crimes committed along R-10, many of which have remained unreported to authorities.

One could not help wonder where our policemen and traffic officers are. Berzola could have been saved had there been a police officer on duty. But hell no, no one from the Manila Police District or from Metro Manila Development Authority was there at all to aid the poor couple.

R-10 is a “killer highway” in as much as it is a “killer’s highway.”

 

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