Plane makes emergency landing off Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020   •   748

A pilot and three passengers were rescued after a private plane made an emergency landing near the shoreline of Barangay Sinunuc in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (July 7).

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the private plane was already on the water approximately six feet depth and six meters away from the shoreline of Barangay Sinunuc when their rescue team arrived.

The four rescued: an Indian pilot and three passengers (Filipino, Indian and Nepali) were all in good condition and were transported to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Zamboanga City for further assistance.

Based on initial investigation, the private plane took off from Zamboanga Airport bound for Dumaguete City at around 9:30 a.m. today. The pilot said there was a failure on the left engine a few minutes after they took off from the airport which prompted the emergency landing.

IATF places Zamboanga City under MECQ, Tacloban City under MGCQ

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government’s task force for COVID-19 response has placed Zamboanga City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacañang announced Friday.

In an announcement aired over state-run PTV, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the new quarantine classification for Zamboanga City is effective immediately until May 14.

Tacloban City will also shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until May 31, he added.

Roque said the quarantine classification for the two areas was approved on Thursday by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and is contained in the IATF Resolution No. 114.

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco earlier issued an executive order declaring her city under MECQ starting May 8 due to an “overwhelming” rise in active COVID-19 cases.

Medical frontliners in Zamboanga City call for a ‘time out’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2021

Medical frontliners in Zamboanga City are calling for a ‘time out’ due to fatigue amid the increasing cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.

According to Department of Health (DOH) Region 9 Director Dr. Joshua Brillantes, several medical frontliners are experiencing extreme tiredness and have recommended them to put Zamboanga City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). This, they said, would give health workers in the city a break.

“We’re already complaining. We’re already asking kung pwede may break tayo kasi nakakaawa din naman ang mga health care workers natin. Personally, kung ako ang tatanungin (if possible, let’s have a break because the state of our health workers has become pitiful. Personally, if you will ask me), I will go for MECQ, he said.

Brillantes also urged private hospitals to increase the bed capacity of COVID-19 patients to 50% from 30%.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco wants to expedite the construction of a 700-bed mega-quarantine facility as an additional facility. The local government is also preparing the Pasonanca Convention Center for this purpose.

From 55 cases on March 22, cases in Zamboanga City have reached 1,357. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

5 Zamboanga cops arrested for extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Five policemen in Zamboanga were arrested for extortion on Monday (March 22), according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said, Police Major Orlyn Leyte, Officer in-Charge of Police Station 9, Zamboanga City Police Station and four members of PS9 Station Drug Enforcement Unit namely, PSSg Hegenio Salvador, PSSg Asser Abdulkadim, PCpl Ismael Sasapan andPCpl Juman Arabani were arrested by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) during an entrapment operation in Zamboanga City on Monday.

Recovered pieces of evidence were marked money amounting to P2,000 and a firearm.

The entrapment operation stemmed from a complaint from Mrs. Melanie Casabuena Saloria. According to the complaint, Major Leyte allegedly demanded P90,000.00 from the victim, as “settlement” for her alleged involvement in illegal drug activity.

Eleazar said the PNP is already preparing to file cases against the involved personnel for Robbery Extortion and Violation of RA 3019 Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 6713 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Official and Employees.

“The PNP will not tolerate personnel engaging in any unlawful and illegal acts. Officers must serve as role model to their subordinates,” Eleazar said.

The five arrested PNP personnel will be placed under Automatic Leave of Absence while under detention, he added. They are temporarily detained at Zamboanga City Police Office for proper disposition and eventual filing of case. AAC



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