Arson Strikes: Farmer Loses Livelihood as Vehicle Torched in Ilocos


In a shocking incident in San Andres, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, a farmer faced a devastating blow when his motorcycle and tricycle were deliberately set ablaze in front of his home while he slept. Here are some details from the report of GMA regional TV News.

Heart-Wrenching Loss

Alex Edra, 45, recounted the heart-wrenching moment when his relatives discovered his charred vehicles. “Natutulala nalang ako, kasi yung pinaghirapan ko nakita kong naging abo na; para akong natanggalan ng isang paa,” Edra lamented. [Translation: “I was stunned because what I worked hard for turned into ashes; it felt like losing a limb.”]

Suspicions of Intentional Arson

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) assessed the damage at P100,000 and raised strong suspicions of intentional arson. FInsp. Reynold Aguinaldo, the Municipal Fire Marshal of Sarrat BFP, pointed out compelling evidence suggesting deliberate action. “Malaki ang posibilidad na sinadya ito kasi ‘yung kurong-kurong, inilipat daw [ng] 10 meters [away] from parkingan, kaya may posibilidad, kasi nag-iba na ‘yung pwesto,” Aguinaldo stated, highlighting the significant change in the vehicle’s position prior to the fire.

As authorities work diligently to identify potential suspects involved in the arson, the community remains on edge. They are grappling with the unsettling crime that struck at the heart of a hardworking farmer’s livelihood.

Securing Belongings

In response to the alarming event, the BFP emphasized the importance of securing belongings for vehicle owners. “Sa mga may ari ng sasakyan, maigi na isecure ang mga ari-arian,” advised Aguinaldo. [Translation: “To vehicle owners, it is best to secure your belongings.”]

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