Filipina injured in Kazakhstan road accident—DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2019   •   3169

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, is currently assisting the Filipina injured in a road accident in Kazakhstan.

Jennifer Francisco Lavapiez was among the 27 injured in the multiple-vehicular collision on Tuesday. It involved three buses, two passenger cars and an ambulance. Two persons died in the accident.

According to Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta, Lavapiez informed the Philippine Embassy in Moscow through their Facebook page about her situation.

Lavapiez is now in stable condition and is also being assisted by her employer.

“The Embassy is monitoring her situation and is coordinating with its contacts in Kazakhstan in following up with the bus company on their support for the victims of the collision,” The DFA said in their statement.—Aileen Cerrudo

Filipina nurse dies after being knocked down in Times Square NYC

UNTV News   •   October 11, 2021

A Filipina nurse in the United States died on Sunday from injuries sustained after she was knocked to the ground in Times Square, New York.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York identified the victim as Maria Ambrocio from New Jersey.

“We grieve with the rest of the Filipino Community over the death of our kababayan, Maria Ambrocio, a 58-year-old health frontliner from Bayonne, New Jersey, who is the latest victim of deranged individuals on the loose in New York City,” the Consulate General said in a statement.

She had been on life support for the head trauma she sustained on Friday afternoon after she was knocked down by someone who was described as a mentally disturbed homeless man.

Ambrocio was walking with a fellow Filipino near Times Square after visiting the Philippine Consulate General when she was struck by the suspect who was reportedly being chased after grabbing a mobile phone from someone.

“We have joined calls for authorities to take the necessary steps, including heightened police visibility, to protect the public after we noted the surge in anti-Asian hate incidents that targeted some of our kababayan,” the consulate said.

“We also supported calls for authorities to take the necessary measures to address mental health issues, especially among the homeless,” it added.

“We reiterate these calls as we mourn our loss, but we also ask ourselves: How many more Maria Ambrocios do we have to mourn before the streets would be made safe again?” the consulate further said.

PH logs 17,964 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 175K

UNTV News   •   September 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Friday listed 17,964 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,179,770.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the latest figure pushed the country’s active cases to 175,470.

Of the active cases, 87.8 percent are mild, 7.8 percent are asymptomatic, 2.48 percent are moderate, 1.3 percent are severe, and 0.6 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH noted in its report that all accredited testing laboratories in the country were operational on Sept. 8 but four failed to submit data on time.

Government data also showed that 9,067 more patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total recoveries to 1,969,401.

The death toll climbed to 34,899 with 168 new fatalities.

Government data also showed that 75 percent of 4,200 ICU beds nationwide are occupied.

Around 69 percent of nearly 20,700 isolation beds in the country are also in use while 73 percent of 15,800 ward beds are occupied.

Data also showed that 57 percent of the more than 3,300 ventilators in the country are being utilized.

In the National Capital Region, 73 percent of the total 1,400 ICU beds are occupied.

Around 66 percent of the 4,600 isolation beds are in use while 73 percent of the 4,400 ward beds are being utilized.

Of the total 1,200 ventilators in the capital region, 63 percent are being used.

The COVID-19 positivity rate in the country was at 28.9 percent out of the 76,562 tests conducted on September 8, the DOH said.

13 die after vehicle plunges into Kalinga irrigation canal

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

At least 13 individuals, including children, were killed after their vehicle crashed and fell into an irrigation canal in Tabuk City, Kalinga, the city government said.

In a post on Facebook, the local government said the vehicular accident was reported along Barangay Bulo on Sunday afternoon.

“Vehicular accident along the irrigation canal in Brgy. Bulo involving a black Ford Everest SUV driven by Soy Lope Agtulao resulting in multiple drowning,” it said.

“According to rescuers from PDRRMC and the PNP, at around 2:30 this afternoon,15 passengers were in the car and 13 of them drowned including children and adults,” it added.

The city government said that 12 of the victims were declared dead on arrival at the Mija Kim Medical Center in Agbannawag.

The other three victims were brought to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) where one of them died.

Based on the information provided by the city government, four of the victims were residents of Tadian, Mt. Province while the rest were from Tabuk City.

No details were provided on why the victims were together and where they were going when the car crash occurred.

Two of the passengers survived the accident.

“The City Local Government Unit (CLGU) of Tabuk extends its sympathy to the families of the victims,” the city government said.

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