Five fishermen were rescued on Monday (September 14) by navy troops in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.
The navy troops, onboard BA492, noticed four fishermen standing on a boat that capsized due to bad weather.
After rescuing the four, the troops were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized boat.
The boat master was recovered and rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center. He was declared dead on arrival due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.
“We provided the necessary assistance to the victims of the sea mishap and communicated with their respective families,” said Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
The Philippine Navy extends their sympathy to the family of the boat master identified as 55-year-old Enricky Brocka. The Navy also assured they will provide assistance to victims of the accident. -AAC
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) has conferred medals on soldiers who were injured on Monday’s twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu.
AFP Westmincom chief Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr. led the conferment of medals Tuesday afternoon when he visited the soldiers being treated at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Hospital and Camp Navarro General Hospital.
Among the medal recipients were Sergeant Jose Alonzo, Corporals Philip Anthony Aleta and Aldrin Paj-Dio, PFC Novin Guzman, PFC Jayson Paguirigan, Private Stephen Rey Oliveros, Private Alphasier Tapsi and Private Alviner Hamsaji.
More than 20 soldiers sustained injuries during the successive explosions that killed 14 people and wounded 75 others.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Western Mindanao Command, I would like to extend my deep sympathies to the bereaved families of the victims who succumbed to the mindless acts of terrorism,” Vinluan said.
“Let us continue to pray for the eternal repose of the souls of those who were killed and for the speedy recovery of those who are recuperating in hospitals,” he added.
The town of Jolo is no longer under lockdown following the blasts but tight security measures remain in place, the military said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)
“This unresolved territorial dispute, as you correctly said has been dormant […] It has not affected our friendly bilateral relations and we will definitely maintain this friendly bilateral relations despite and in spite of this unresolved dispute,” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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