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Joseph Bitangcol on his recent accident: 'Akala ko talaga mamamatay na ako'

Joseph Bitangcol shares his thoughts after surviving a car crash and thanks all the people who worried about his safety.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

8/13/2011 1:58 AM
Joseph Bitangcol on his recent accident: 'Akala ko talaga mamamatay na ako'


081311-joseph-main.jpgA few hours after Joseph Bitangcol was admitted to Marikina Valley Hospital, Push.com.ph got the chance to interview him about his vehicular accident, which occurred around 4 am of August 10. The young actor was in the backseat of his friend’s Mitsubishi Montero SUV when they were hit by an Isuzu dump truck along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo. Joseph sustained several injuries, but he remained grateful that he survived a life-threatening incident.

“Thank God kahit mabigat na aksidente ganito lang na mga sugat ang inabot ko, kasi akala ko talaga mamamatay na ako. Meron sa chin, sa kamay, tapos medyo may crack yung left cheekbone ko at kailangan daw lagyan ng metal plate, pero at least hindi naman total wreck. Totoo pala yung sinasabi nila na mafi-feel mo parang nasa kabilang buhay ka. Nawalan kasi ako ng malay eh. Pagkagising ko, naramdaman ko na lang na masakit yung katawan ko at duguan sa ospital. Grabe talaga yung nangyari,” he related.

Joseph had just finished taping for his TV show when his high school friends invited him to a road trip to Antipolo. Joseph left his car near his residence in Pasig City and rode in his friend’s car. “Mga 3 am ako natapos sa work. Nagkita kami ng kaibigan ko para pag-usapan yung gadget na balak ko bilhin.  Tapos bigla nagkaayaan ng road trip. So sa akin, ‘O sige! Aangkas lang naman ako.’ Tapos yun, pagdating ng Antipolo, maluwag yung daan, medyo mabilis [yung takbo ng sasakyan], yung truck din mabilis. Pa-curve yung road eh, tapos walang nagbigay, kaya nagsalpukan.”

Joseph believed that the accident happened for a reason and he’s just grateful to all the people who expressed their concern towards him. “Sobrang na-overwhelm ako at nagpapasalamat kasi ang daming nag-aalaga at nag-express ng concern nila sa akin sa Twitter, Facebook at sa text messages. Madami rin sa mga kaibigan ko ang bumisita and dun pa lang naramdaman ko na maraming nagmamahal sa akin. Sobrang thank you and mabuhay silang lahat.

In the meantime, the truck driver named Victor Beltran was placed in temporary custody at the Antipolo Police Station 2. Push.com.ph got to talk to him as well and he claimed that the driver of the Montero, Leandro Ong, was at fault since he and the other passengers were allegedly drunk. “Siya ang mabilis. Medyo mabagal ang takbo ko kasi may karga po akong semento. Ang sabi sa imbestigasyon nakainom daw po sila eh. Tutulungan ko po dapat sila pagkatapos ng aksidente. Eh yung isang kasama nila sinita ako, galit na galit sa akin kaya hindi ako bumaba. Hinintay ko yung police. Hindi ko naman sila tatakbuhan kasi nasa linya naman po ako.

But according to the police-in-charge of the case, Commander Senior Inspector Randy Amaro, his office has yet to receive medical results that the passengers of the Montero were under the influence of alcohol. “Patuloy pa naman ang investigation kung sino ang may pagpapabaya. Accident-prone area kasi talaga yun. Dahil siguro madaling araw at blind curve yun, magkakabulagaan talaga kung hindi ka nagbigay ng additional precautionary measures ang isang driver. Kaya kailangan talaga ng masusing pag-iingat para maramdaman mo na may kasalubong ka na sasakyan.