Trapped bus passenger films landslide in Philippines

admin   •   November 6, 2018   •   3942

 

Screengrab from the video of landslide filmed by Kersee Masilem | via Reuters

A woman trapped in a bus filmed falling rocks and trees being uprooted by a landslide on Sunday (November 4) in Benguet, a remote mountainous region on the Luzon island in the Philippines.

Kersee Masillem, who filmed the scene, was sitting on a bus which could not reverse as another vehicle was blocking the road behind it.

She watched soil and rocks slip down a hillside for several minutes as huge landslide, which uprooted trees, hit the mountainside filling the nearby road with debris.

Rocks can be heard bouncing off the bus and passengers screaming inside. No one is believed to have been injured.

The landslide took place at Man-asok near Buguias in the Benguet province, an area prone to landslides.

More than 60 people were killed in the province by landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September. — Reuters

P6 million worth of suspected marijuana seized in Benguet – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some P6 million worth of suspected marijuana were confiscated in Kapangan, Benguet, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

In a statement, the PNP said operatives from the Kapangan Municipal Police Station seized the items from a Mitsubishi Montero they flagged down at a checkpoint in Barangay Lomon on October 3.

Three drug suspects, identified as Marry Ann Felipe Del Rosario, Simiano Tadina Patingan, and Jun Comot Colera, were arrested.

Police said the suspected marijuana was discovered inside their vehicle.

Colera also allegedly had a firearm tucked in his waist.

Aside from marijuana, police also confiscated the caliber .45 pistol with one magazine containing seven live ammunitions and the vehicle.

The PNP said the suspects will be charged for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Colera will also face charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar lauded the police officers for the operation.

“We will conduct further investigation into this to determine the scope of the operation of the suspects and to identify their supplier of marijuana. Isa rin sa ating aalamin ay ang network of distribution ng grupong ito,” he said.

 

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IATF places Cagayan, Apayao, Benguet back to MECQ due to high COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Northern provinces Cagayan, Apayao, and Benguet have reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after recording high cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The MECQ status will take effect on May 11 until May 23.

As of May 10, Cagayan has 4,657 cases followed by Benguet with 531 and Apayao with 63.

Business operations in the said areas will be limited according to the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

A liquor ban will be implemented while religious gatherings will only be allowed at 10% capacity.  Entertainment and recreational events also be suspended.

Benguet governor Melchor Diclas reported that majority of the COVID-19 cases in their area are severe. Hospitals in Benguet are also in short supply of respirators.

“Dumadami talaga ang mga pasyente natin. Marami ang namamatay at marami ang nagkakasakit ng critical at serious. Ang respirator natin may nagagamit tayong 13 na respirator. Ang bakante nalang ay dalawa,” he said.

(Our patients are increasing. Many have died and many are in critical or serious condition. We have 13 respirators but there are only two available units left.)

Hospitals in Apayao, meanwhile, are at 80% critical level.  In Cagayan Province, Governor Manuel Mamba said Tuguegarao City’s home quarantine setup is still contributing to the rising cases of COVID-19.

“Hindi magiging epektibo ang MECQ sa Tuguegarao City hangga’t may home quarantine,” he said.

(MECQ in Tuguegarao City will not be effective as long as home quarantine is being implemented .)

Mamba continues to reiterate the need to build isolation facilities in Tuguegarao to accommodate COVID-19 patients. AAC (With reports from Marvin Calas)

 

 

4 dead, 6 missing after Cebu mining pit collapsed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — At least four were confirmed dead, while six others are still missing after a mining pit in Barangay Biga, Toledo City, Cebu collapsed on Monday (December 21).

The victims’ bodies were recovered by authorities on Tuesday (December 22) during a rescue operation.

The said mining pit of Carmen Copper Corporation collapsed Monday afternoon. In a statement the mining corporation said the landslide occurred due to the heavy rains brought by tropical depression Vicky.

“As of this time we are in close coordination and communication with the affected immediate families and will continue to extend the needed support and assistance,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is also investigating other factors that could have triggered the landslide. Carmen Copper Corporation is among the biggest mining companies in Toledo City, Cebu. AAC

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