Following the robbery with homicide and alleged rape incident at Coastal Road in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City, the status of the streetlights became a hot topic again as the 3.5-kilometer coastal highway remains to be “in the dark” since it was opened to traffic in November 2017.

In a radio interview early today, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez stated that the installation of the poles and lighting fixtures have already covered the whole stretch from Lapasan to Gusa and he expects them to be energized by the first week of August 2022.

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Accordingly, the budget for the streetlights was to be sourced from the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS) before it was put on hold by Malacanang. So Rep. Rufus lobbied for additional P50 million for the lighting facilities which started last year.

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with photos by TRip ni Tonio, iFM CDO

It can be recalled that a Grab Food Delivery Rider and his 17-year old girlfriend were held-up in the area by three unidentified men and the former stabbed dead and the latter allegedly raped at around 1:00am Sunday, July 17, 2022. Watch this report from iFM CDO below.

Here’s an interview of the victim’s brother courtesy of iFM CDO.

Here’s a similar report from Bombo Radyo CDO below.

Meanwhile, one suspect is now in police custody after the girlfriend positively identified him as among who stabbed her boyfriend. Edwin Adame, 34 yrs old, and a resident of St John, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro, was identified through photos of mugshots shown by police to the victim. He was arrested at around 10:00pm same day.

The suspect denied the allegations. Watch below.

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