• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Local reggae singer Juan Manuel Ubaldo yesterday died on the spot after the motorcycle he was driving figured in a vehicular accident along the circumferential road in Purok Active, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.
Police investigations showed that Ubaldo, also known as Kokoi Baldo, was driving north and tried to overtake a 10-wheeler truck loaded with sugarcane, when the accident happened.
According to the report from Bacolod Police Station 3, Ubaldo lost control of his motorcycle and hit the tire of the cargo truck while negotiating a curve. He died on the spot.
The driver of the cargo truck was placed under the custody of the police pending further investigation of the incident.
Ubaldo was a finalist in the popular contest, The Voice Philippines 2. He was known as the Philippine’s Bob Marley.
On his Facebook account, Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said he was shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of Ubaldo.
“Many of us have connected with him through his music,” Benitez said. “My heartfelt condolences to his family, and friends during this most difficult time. May his soul rest in peace,” he added. | GB