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Caloocan TODA leader dies after fistfight with member

  • Written by Edd Reyes
  • Published in Metro
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A leader of Bgy. 71 Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) died after he allegedly engaged
in a fistfight one of his members who bullied another member Wednesday night in Caloocan City.

Joseph Arcega, of 146 Stotsenburg Bukid, fell unconscious while he and the suspect, identified
as Abiger Cruz, 35, of Lucia St., Stotsenburg, were being brought by barangay watchmen to the barangay
hall after they allegedly engaged in a fist fight.
    
The victim was rushed to Caloocan City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon
arrival.
    
In a report submitted to Chief Insp. Roden Santos Tejuco, head of Caloocan Police Station
Investigation Division, the incident happened at around 8 p.m. at a tricycle terminal at the corner of
Florencia Street and 12th Avenue at around 8 p.m.
    
Prior to the incident, witness Jerry Ramos, 51, also a member of TODA, was on his way to the
terminal when he saw the suspect standing at the corner of Florencia and Francisco Sts. and seemingly
waiting for someone.
    
A few minutes after Ramos parked his tricycle at the terminal, the suspect arrived and
admonished him in front of other tricycle drivers for refusing to convey him. The suspect continued to
hurl invectives against Ramos and even challenged him to a fight but the latter ignored him.
    
Being the leader of the group, Arcega, who witnessed the incident, confronted the suspect but
a heated argument ensued between them that resulted in a tussle.
    
Responding barangay officials in the area pacified the commotion and brought them to barangay
hall where the victim suddenly fell down unconscious.
                       With Sundy Mae Locus (OJT)