First of all, sometimes I see an online story from one of the local news outlets that immediately grabs my attention. The following report, by Dolly Yasa and Glazyl Y. Masculino at The Daily Guardian, is one of those stories. Today’s post, “Ambulance Carrying Pregnant Woman Hits Pregnant Carabao,” will be filed in the “only in the Philippines” category.
Ambulance Carrying Pregnant Woman Hits Pregnant Carabao
Renato Panabe works for the La Carlota City Disaster Risk Reduction Management office. He’s an ambulance driver. In contrast to ambulances operating in the States, rarely have I seen any cars, jeepneys, or tricycles clear the path for any emergency vehicles in the Philippines. Sirens and flashing lights mean very little to most drivers.
Police Staff Sergeant Abello Randay is a Bacolod City police traffic investigator. Staff Sergeant Randay reported that Panabe’s ambulance was transporting a pregnant woman from La Carlota City to a private hospital in Bacolod City. Furthermore, it’s about a 50 kilometer trip which takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
It was 10:45 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Panabe allegedly overtook a vehicle when four carabaos suddenly crossed the street! Here’s a satellite view from Google Maps of Barangay Tangub in Iloilo City.
The ambulance smashed into one of the carabaos killing it instantly. Witnesses claimed the carabao was pregnant.
Panabe’s companion, who occupied the front passenger seat, suffered minor injuries. The pregnant woman? Thankfully, unharmed.
Since the La Carlota City ambulance suffered heavy damages, the woman was taken to a hospital via a Bacolod City ambulance.
Above all, authorities have yet to identify the owner of the carabao.
Carabao Crossings not Uncommon
Consequently, while carabaos crossing the road (no doubt to get to the other side) might be uncommon in your area, it’s not that unusual in the Philippines.
Hopefully, for the sake of the ambulance driver, vengeance for the carabao’s death will not be extracted from the Pamahandi. The Pamahandi is a deity composed of ten protectors of horses and carabao and part of Bukidnon (a Mindanao tribe) mythology according to Wikipedia.
Encyclopedia Mythica states that the Pamahandi can occasionally cause trouble and send sickness.
Consequently, perhaps it would be wise for the ambulance driver to watch his back in the future.
And look out for carabao and the Pamahandi.