PHOTO CAPTION: An investigation is now ongoing to determine the liabilities in the death of Bombo Radyo Kalibo reporter Daniel Marte Tonel, who succumbed to massive head injuries following an accident involving his tricycle and a road excavation in Numancia./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan–The media fraternity in the province of Aklan is mourning the loss of the chief navigator and reporter of DyIN Bombo Radyo Kalibo.
After a 20-year career, Daniel Marte Tonel died on March 25, three days after a tricycle accident in Laguinbanua East in Numancia, Aklan.
The incident reportedly happened on March 22 while Tonel, 48, was driving northbound for home on the national highway (Aklan West Road) at around 10 pm. In the darkness of the night, he failed to see a large pothole allegedly excavated by the Philippine Fiber Optic Cable Network as it did not have adequate early warning devices or safety signs.
Pending the results of the initial investigation, it would appear that Tonel had lost control of his vehicle—perhaps the sidecar had bounced off the excavation—and he was thrown off his seat.
He would succumb to massive head injuries at West Visayas Medical Center, where he was transported from the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbocon Memorial Hospital, later.
After news broke of his passing, Daniel’s co-employees at Bombo Radyo and his colleagues at other radio stations in Aklan immediately paid their respects. His friends also took to social media to express their condolences.
Tonel was a resident of Tayhawan, Lezo, Aklan, who rose from the ranks at Bombo Radyo, where he began his career in the 1990s. He was employed at the radio station as a driver prior to becoming a reporter.
“Ginahueat ku pirmi si Daniel kada kabii sa pag-uli niya, ugaling natabu daya. Sa mga tumulong sa amin, nagpapasalamat ang aming pamilya sa inyong suporta at dasal [I would wait for Daniel’s return every night; then this happened. To all those who helped us, my family is thankful for your support and prayers]” his spouse, Sandralyn, said.
Tonel is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)