Rep. Benitez, Mayor Climaco, others plunge into muddy water after bridge collapses

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Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez and Zamboanga City officials fell Thursday into a murky water when a wooden bridge they were standing on collapsed.

The incident happened when Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development, along with Mayor Beng Climaco, Zamboanga City 1st District Celso Lobregat, other city officials and some members of the media, were conducting an inspection of a housing project intended for the victims of the 2013 Zamboanga siege in Mariki village, the city government said.

“An adjacent bridge also collapsed several minutes after,” it said.

Climaco ordered the immediate repair of the bridge and asked security forces to ensure order in the area.

The housing project forms part of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) Program undertaken by the National Housing Authority (NHA). #