1 dead, 7 injured in La Union collision

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2019   •   2508

An L300 van collided with an Isuzu Forward cargo truck in Barangay Taboc, San Juan, La Union on Wednesday night (May 23), leaving one dead and seven were injured.

The driver of the L300 van, 23-year-old Christian Martinez, was declared dead on arrival at Bethany Hospital while the seven injured are undergoing treatment.

Investigation is underway to determine what caused the accident.

According to San Juan Police Chief PMaj. Bernabe Oribillo, the L300 van was plying south when it crashed onto the truck.

“Base sa ating investigation initial findings sa scene of accident parang nag-encroach itong L300 na papuntang south, so nasagi niya itong cargo truck, (Based on our investigation, the initial findings in the scene of the accident showed that this L300 [van] encroached while plying south so he collided with the cargo truck)” he said.

Meanwhile, the cargo van driver Defensor Wagteng is now in San Juan Police custody.(with reports from Toto Fabros)

Fire in Tondo, Manila leaves 3 dead, 2 injured

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

Fire hit a residential area in Tondo, Manila on Wednesday morning (September 11). Three are confirmed dead while two were injured.

Authorities have identified the casualties as Mara Beneza, 23, her 4-year-old son Leo Tequillo, and nephew Andrei Tequillo, 5.

Chief of the Intelligence and Investigation of Manila Fire District, Fire Inspector John Joseph said the fire reached second alarm at around 6:00 a.m. and was declared fire out before 8:00 a.m.

Authorities continue to investigate on the cause of the fire.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Recto Bank collision an ‘accident’, not armed attack – Lorenzana

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2019

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana maintained that the incident in Recto Bank involving the Chinese vessel, Yuemaobinyu 42212 and the Filipino fishing vessel, F/B GEM-VER 1 on June 9 was not an armed attack but only an accident.

“I think it’s just an accident based on the information we got from some of the crew. Siguro hindi rin sinasadya ng kabila (Perhaps it was not intentional),” Lorenzana said.

Since it was such, Lorenzana said he agrees with Malacañang that the Philippines cannot insist its mutual defense treaty with the United States to deal with the present issue because such treaty applies only to armed conflicts.

Lorenzana was the first to disclose the report on a Chinese vessel hitting and sinking a Filipino fishing vessel in the contested area in the West Philippine Sea.

The Defense Chief condemned the Chinese crewmen for abandoning the 22 Filipino fishermen adrift at sea while struggling to survive.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through Secretary Teddy Locsin, has already elevated the matter to the International Maritime Office (IMO).

But though Lorenzana supported Locsin for that matter, the Defense Secretary said the Philippine government can only act once all the needed information is gathered specifically China’s official statement on the incident.

For now, the government is pursuing a case against the Chinese crewmen for abandoning the Filipino fishermen which, the Secretary said, is a violation of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to which the Philippines and China are both signatories.

While waiting for China’s side on the matter, Secretary Lorenzana appeals to the public to be patient as the government works on resolving the issue while extending assistance to the affected fishermen.

“I ask our countrymen to be patient dahil lalabas naman talaga ang totoo kapag nakuha na natin ang lahat ng (the truth will come out once we have all) information so that we can move on from this,” he said. (with details from April Cenedoza)

Building collapse leaves 5 dead, 9 injured in Rio de Janeiro

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019

Rescue operations in progress after two residential buildings collapsed in Muzema, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil that left 5 people dead and 13 others missing. | Photo grabbed from Reuters footage

At least five people were killed, nine injured and 13 others missing, after the collapse of two residential buildings Friday morning in the Muzema slum community, a poor area in west Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The residents of the two collapsed buildings, having four and six floors respectively, moved in just six months ago.

Civil defense personnel evacuated residents of the nearby buildings for fear that more buildings are facing the risk of falling.

It was not raining when the collapse occurred, but the Muzema area was deeply affected by the recent storms which hit Rio earlier this week, killing 10 people and causing severe damages.

The neighborhood’s main streets were still flooded and residents were isolated by Friday morning, though the storm occurred on Monday.

According to the city government, the buildings were irregular constructions without the permission of the mayor’s office and the city authorities had tried to demolish them, but a court order prevented the demolition.

The Muzema community is controlled by violent mob-like militia groups, which control everything in the area, from property rights to security and cooking gas distribution. The two buildings are likely to have been built by the order of those groups.

It is estimated that in the same community there are about 60 residential buildings built irregularly, without the official permits for construction and sales. (REUTERS)


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