Two solons, a mayor and 12 others plunged   into seawater when a stilt  bridge collapsed

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines —Two members of the House of Representatives, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar and  National Housing Authority  Regional Director Engr. Al Indanan,  plunged into the waist-deep seawater after the stilt  bridge collapsed,  while they were on their way to inspect the project in Rio Hondo, here.

The incident happened at around 10:45  Thursday  morning,  April 26, 2018,  involved  a team of 15  government officials and employees, who were part of the inspection team.

An army soldier tried to pull government officials who plunged into the seawater after the stilt bridge collapsed while they were on their way to inspect the reported substandard housing project in Zambonga.Photo credit: TV Patrol  Chavacano

The group Congressmen of Albee Benetiz,  Committee on Housing and Urban Development Chairman Rep. Albee Benitez, Committee on Public Works and Highways Chairman Rep. Celso Lobregat, Climaco-Salazar, Indanan and other top officials of Zamboanga were walking through the wooden bridge to inspect the Rio Hondo house on  stilt intended for the victims of Zamboanga seige when the bridge suddenly collapsed.

Benitez in an interview with Zamboanga reporters said, the incident gave them a first hand experience how sub-standard projects affect the people.

Since July 2016,  when NHA manager Marcelino Escalada  was appointed, the NHA started to conduct massive inspection and investigation on the reported sub-standard  housing projects and various problems involving the construction of housing units  for the victims of Zamboanga siege, storms Sendong, Pablo and  Yolanda.-Mirasol Monteza/RMN Zambonga and Richard G. Falcatan/Newsline.ph

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