A laborer was found dead with a wound on his head in the vicinity of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port in Barangay 2, Bacolod City, at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, the police said.
The fatality was identified as Richard Gantalao, 50, of Barangay Carol-an in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, a police report said.
Investigation showed that Gantalao and the suspects identified as Ontoy Rivera and Ronilo Medez, also of Barangay Carol-an, were having a drinking spree when a commotion occurred, the police said.
Rivera and Medez smashed the head of Gantalao with a piece of wood and a stone, police records show.
The police conducted a hot-pursuit operation to arrest Rivera and Medez, who escaped.
Meanwhile, the new management of the Bredco port clarified yesterday that the incident that resulted in the death of Gantalao did not happen within their operational jurisdiction.
Romeo Casela, officer-in-charge of Bredco Port, said the warehouse where the body of Gantalao was found is not within the jurisdiction of Bredco Port.
"There are several privately-owned warehouses at the Reclamation area. People tend to always speak generally of Bredco whenever there are incidents like this one, which is so sad. It paints a picture that is not favorable for Bredco. So I just want to emphasize that it's not happening in Bredco port, as far as the new management is concerned", Casela said.
He said that, as a matter of fact, the new management of Bredco Port is developing all the facilities from the passenger terminal and in fact, in the pipeline is the putting up of lights and fencing of the area to make it secure for all port users.
"So these are the initial undertakings that we are doing. The entire port will be lighted properly and this will be completed in January 2019, while the fencing will be completed this month ", Casela said.
He also said that the Fastcrafts will all be concentrated in a secure area at the new passenger terminal building and they will demolish old structures, like those eyesores and unsecured ones.
Casela said that the new passenger terminal is still on dry run with Bacolod-Manila vessels but the fastcrafts will be transferred soon.
The grand opening of the new passenger terminal is set early next year, he said.*
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