ROAD rage victim Mark Vincent Garalde was laid to rest yesterday.
Following a Mass held at the Quiapo Church at around 7 a.m., his funeral convoy made a stop at P. Casal Street in Quiapo, the site where he was gunned down at close range by suspect Vhon Tanto. There, candles were lit for Garalde.
Friends, family members and fellow bicycle riders attended the funeral at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City, where white balloons were released.
At around 2 p.m., Tanto was brought to the Department of Justice to undergo preliminary investigation in connection with the cases filed against him by the Manila Police District.
Tanto is facing murder charges for the shooting to death of Garalde whom he killed last July 25 and frustrated murder charges for wounding physical therapy student Rocelle Bondoc, who got hit by stray bullets.
Meanwhile, it was learned that Tanto had offered some financial help to the family of Bondoc but was declined. Tanto’s wife Annezah reportedly tried to reach out to Bondoc’s family through the barangay authorities in the area where the incident took place, but was unsuccessful.
The DoJ has submitted for resolution the criminal charges lodged against Tanto, the former Army reservist who killed Garalde in the road rage incident.
Government prosecutors will now find out if there was probable cause to cause the indictment of Tanto, who was arrested last Friday after a few days in hiding.
The DoJ has conducted preliminary investigation on murder and frustrated murder complaints filed by the families of slain victim Garalde and Rossel Bondoc, the 18-year-old student who was seriously injured during the incident.
A day after his arrest in Masbate, Tanto was brought to the DoJ last Saturday for inquest proceedings. But he was not able to formally answer the charges because he did not have a lawyer then, prompting the prosecutor to reset the hearing.
In an earlier interview, he said he had no intention of killing Garalde and claimed that he only lost his temper because of the cyclist’s arrogance during their altercation.