Zamboanga Officials Inspect Alleged Sub-Standard Project, Plunge into Sea after Bridge Collapsed

In the Philippines, it is common knowledge that many government projects are handled by people riddled with corruption that sub-standard materials are often used and these projects turn out to be dangerous to the end-users or don’t actually get completed even after many years had passed!

After allegations of corruption hounded a project in Sitio Hongkong, Barangay Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City, several local officials and the media went to visit the reportedly substandard housing project but they would soon learn firsthand what could happen if substandard materials are used in such construction projects when they plunged into the sea! Ooops.

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The officials were led by Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle ‘Beng’ Climaco-Salazar.

The mayor was accompanied by Committee on Housing and Urban Development Chairman Rep. Albee Benitez, National Housing Authority Regional Director Engr. Al Indanan, Committee on Public Works and Highways Chairman Rep. Celso Lobregat, and other top local officials.

As the group was walking on the wooden stilt bridge connecting the housing project to the land at about 10:45 AM on Thursday, April 26, the obviously substandard bridge collapsed under their combined weight.

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It was a good thing the area wasn’t so deep yet but most of the officials were soaked in that murky waist-deep seawater. Ouch.

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The incident was caught on camera and the video was quickly posted on social media. A lot of Filipino netizens said that it would be good if other public officials would also experience a similar thing, not because they are hated but to show them the reality of what could happen if government projects are not done properly…

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Posted by GMA News on Thursday, April 26, 2018

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WATCH: Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development, Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, NHA regional director Alfonso Borlagdan and other personnel fall into murky waters after the wooden footbridge they were stepping on collapsed during the inspection of a housing project in Sitio Hongkong, Barangay Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City. | via Roel Pareño

Posted by Philippine Star on Wednesday, April 25, 2018