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NDRRMC: 8,000 stranded at Sorsogon port due to damaged ramp

At least 8,000 people have been stranded at Sorsogon Port since Friday due to delays caused by a damaged ramp that lets vehicles board roll-on-roll-off (RORO) vessels, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Saturday night.

In its 8 p.m. report posted on its website early Sunday, the NDRRMC said the damaged ramp had been causing delays as early as Friday.

The NDRRMC said that as of Saturday night, there were 8,041 stranded passengers, 333 trucks, 98 buses and 69 cars in a queue that stretched six kilometers from the port.

“The number of stranded passengers and vehicles continue to increase,” it added.

So far, the NDRRMC said the Philippine Ports Authority’s port manager requested help from the Philippine Navy.

It asked the Navy to send a Landing Ship Tank, a “civilian equivalent” of a RORO vessel, to expedite the transport of passengers and vehicles.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will release 1,000 family packs to bolster the community kitchen, though the Red Cross will handle the distribution as it is still election period. — ELR, GMA News

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NPA owns up ambush on SWAT men in Sorsogon

MANILA, Philippines (3nd UPDATE) — The New People’s Army (NPA) claims responsibility over the May 10 ambush on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team patrolling for the elections in Sorsogon City. At least 3 SWAT men were injured in the incident.

“The ambush was NPA’s way of retaliating the intensified counter-insurgency operations of the military during the election period. The NPA vows more offensives,” said the rebel group in a statement.

The policemen had just finished patrolling Sitio Bato, Bacon District when they were ambushed at 4:45 pm, Friday.

The SWAT men wounded were Chief Inspector Juancho Ibis, PO2 Nelson Dioquino, PO1 Eric Elquiro, and a still unidentified officer, said police regional spokesperson Renato Bataller. Reinforcement troops were sent to the area.

Sorsogon province was identified as an election hot spot in the 2004 and 2007 elections. — Rappler.com

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