Day 23: The May 12 hit-and-run

Posted: August 9, 2013 in OJT Days: the Adventures of a Journalist-in-Training

The highlight of my day on May 16th was the story on the hit-and-run incident last May 12th. We were supposed to ask Chief Lukban for updates as usual, but as far as I can remember, there was no one to talk to in the Makati Police. So we all went to one of the usual places we go to in making articles. That day we stayed at Starbucks in Glorietta 5 with Sir Mike. We worked on the hit-and-run incident article, calling Makati Traffic for details. Thankfully they were very responsive. We called about 3-4 times just to complete the details that we need, but still they were patient and very accommodating.

The hit-and-run incident happened on the 12th, but it hasn’t been reported yet due to the Elections. The victims, two males (a 19-year-old and a 14-year-old) died because of the incident. They were riding a motorcycle without helmets early morning in Makati city, and were hit by an unidentified Honda Civic. Poor guys.

Sir Mike was pleased with the angle I used in the story. Instead of the usual “someone died because of…” angle, my lead started with “The Makati Traffic are on the look-out for the driver of the gray Honda Civic that hit a Suzuki Skydrive motorcycle—causing the death of two young men early Sunday morning in Makati.” Cool. I guess my angling is improving.

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