PAF grounds Sikorsky choppers after Basilan crash

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) grounded all its Sikorsky S-76A rescue helicopters for “prompt maintenance inspection” after one of its units crashed in Basilan province killing four passengers on Wednesday afternoon, September 16. The Philippine News Agency in a report stated that PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang has ordered a team to …

AFP rescue aircraft crashed in Basilan, 4 dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY (UPDAted) — A chopper of the Philippine Air Force crashed in Upper Manggas, Lantawan, in Basilan Province, Wednesday afternoon, September 16. The chopper Rotary Wing Rescue Aircraft of 505 search and rescue of Philippine Air Force with tail No. 202 left the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City and was bound for …

DENR to penalize ‘Badiang’ collector up to P1-Million

OZAMIZ CITY —-Watch out! The Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in the Zamboanga Peninsula is warning collectors of ‘Badiang’ or Giant Taro not to collect such a plant as it is considered ‘critically endangered’. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, Regional Executive Director of DENR in the Zamboanga Peninsula said collectors run the risk of paying …

Flash floods damage P2.8-M crops in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY –— The Monday dawn flash floods here has damaged some P2.8-million crops. The City agriculture office in its partial report said some 75-hectare rice fields and vegetable farms in Culianan District were damaged due to flash floods early Monday, September 14. The heavy downpour and strong winds caused the destruction of several houses, …

Desperate husband burns rented room gutted 67 others including classrooms

DAVAO CITY — A man who just separate from his wife lit his rented room which resulted to the burning of 60 more houses and 7 classrooms in Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao District, early morning of September 3. No serious injuries nor casualties reported, fire officials declared fire out at around 5:00 a.m and the …

PRRD wants to visit quake victims in Masbate

MANILA – Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte wants to visit residents affected by the 6.6 earthquake which rocked Masbate province on Tuesday morning. In a virtual press briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, even if Duterte is more than willing to fly to Masbate, it remains to be seen whether his close-in security would …

Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Sultan Kudarat

MANILA – A magnitude 5.1 quake hit Sultan Kudarat Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The tectonic quake struck 66 kilometers southwest of the municipality of Kalamansig at 3:22 p.m. It had a depth focus of 586 kilometers. There were no reported intensities and Phivolcs said it is not expecting damages …

Heavy rains trigger landslide in hinterlands hit by 2019 earthquake causing flash floods in NoCot

DAVAO CITY — Motorist passing the Davao-Cotabato route on Thursday witnessed the rampaging water along the highway from the Barangays of Old Bulatukan to Kisante in Makilala, North Cotabato. This was the offshoot of the landslide in the upstream barangays of Makilala just near Mt. Apo. Motorists witnessed the boulders and rocks cascading down the …

2 minors swept by flash flood in NoCot rescued

DAVAO CITY  — Heavy rains and ctrong current of flood waters swept children in Barangay Kisante in Makilala, North Cotabato. Kisante is a village located at the foothills of Mt. Apo stretched along the Davao-Cotabato highway. “The children were enjoying the 4 p.m. heavy downpour near the river when rampaging waters swept them away,” said …