A MAN who climbed a tree and stayed there for seven hours caused a two-hour traffic in Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City, yesterday.
Rufino Ancon of Dumajug town, southwestern Cebu, would not tell police why he climbed the narra tree located a few meters from the Cebu Institute of Technology – University.
Police initial investigation revealed that the farmer climbed the 300-foot-high tree around 3 a.m.
Fire Officer 2 Ashly Lee said the negotiation started at 7 a.m. but Ancon refused to talk.
Lee said they had a hard time negotiating with Anton when he started moving from branch to branch, which caused the crowd to shout and cheer for him.
Lee said Anton jumped at 9 a.m. but rescuers grabbed him toward the carry taker where he landed on the center.
Anton was brought to a hospital to check on his mental state.
“He only keeps on saying he has animals in Dumajug,” said Lee./Correspondent Chito Aragon