In all his 52 years, Bato resident Rolando Trinidad would probably mark June 22, 2013 as the unluckiest day of his life.
With just an hour and a half to go before midnight, the motorcycle-driving Trinidad crashed on the national road in Virac, injuring himself further as the gun he was carrying accidentally fired, and suffered a heart attack all within seconds. Not only that, he now faces the possibility of being hailed to court for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The police learned of his misfortune when a security guard at the residential compound of Governor Joseph Cua reported the case of vehicular accident involving Trinidad.
Trinidad, a native of Pandan now residing in Cabugao, was reportedly driving a blue Suzuki motorcycle (EM-2114) from Bato at 10:30 P.M. that night when he tried to avoid a dog crossing the highway. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed on the hard pavement.
As his body slid across the highway, the gun he had tucked into his waist accidentally fired. The bullet entered the right part of his groin near his testicles and exited at his right buttock. Personnel at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center where he was brought later determined that Trinidad also suffered a heart attack, paralyzing one side of his body.
Mark Anthony San Roque, a guard at the Cua residence, turned over to the police a Cal. 9mm pistol with serial number 8597915 and loaded with seven Cal. 38 bullets, as well as an empty shell, recovered at the scene of the accident. Police said the gun appears to be a “paltik” made in Danao, Cebu and is most likely unregistered with the PNP Firearms and Explosives Unit.