“Nagdilim po ang paningin ko…sorry po talaga” — Vhon Martin Tanto

Roadrage suspect Vhon Martin Tanto in his jail cell at MPD Headquarters Photo ©
Roadrage suspect Vhon Martin Tanto in his jail cell at MPD Headquarters Photo ©

VHON Martin Tanto, the army reservist tagged suspect in the deadly road rage incident in Quiapo, Manila that left a bicycle rider dead and a teenager seriously wounded apologized for the incident saying he lost his sense due to rage.

Nagdilim po ang paningin ko,” Tanto, who is detained at the Manila Police Department Headquarters, told Mark Vincent Garalde’s mother Malou in a message Saturday aired over radio station dzBB. “Sorry po talaga, ‘di ko po sinasadya ang mga pangyayari. Sa mga nakikinig, sorry po talaga

According to witnesses, Garalde was shot repeatedly by Tanto, even after he already fell on the street bathing in his own blood, after they engaged in a fist fight following a traffic altercation along P. Casal Street Monday night.

After the incident, Tanto fled but was arrested four days later in Milagros, Masbate where he tried to hide.

Tanto recalled that he encountered Garalde near the Ayala Bridge. He said Garalde chased him after he honked his horn on the biker. An argument ensued after the Garalde caught up with Tanto after which a fistfight broke out.

Tanto said because the biker is a bigger fellow, he was badly beaten in the fistfight.

After the brawl, Tanto said he went back to his car. He added Garalde followed to say sorry for what happened but another heated argument ensued this time after he asked the biker to remove his bicycle that is leaning on is car.

“Ang yabang mo. Gusto mo basagin ko pa salamin ng kotse mo,” Tanto quoted Garalde as reportedly saying. He added that it was at that point that he lost it. He grabbed his gun, went out of his car and shoot the biker. A teenager, Rosell Bondoc, who was nearby was hit by a stray bullet.

Interview with Tanto as seen on Youtube.


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Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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