A video showing the final moments before a Zamboanga City footbridge collapses, plunging visiting local officials and lawmakers into the murky waters below goes viral.
Thanks to US-based journalist and Zamboanga native John Shinn III for identifying the personalities involved in the freak accident namely: Mayor Beng Climaco of Zamboanga City, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Zamboanga City’s District Representative and Rep. Alfredo Benitez, chairman of the House committee on housing and urban development.
According to Shinn, Mayor Beng Climaco led the inspection of the city’s sub-standard rehabilitation projects in the aftermath of the September 2013 siege in Barangay Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City when the accident happened.
A closer look at the video tells the viewers that the collapsed footbridge was constructed using wooden materials.
In the age of Facebook live and social media, the accident was captured moment before it happened, when it happened and after it happened to the shock of the viewers who watched it on Facebook. You may watch the video below.
The Facebook page Showbiz Government couldn’t help but laugh at the misfortune of the LP politicians involved in the accident.
“Sige tipirin nyo pa ang taong BAYAN
Pro-Duterte blogger Krizette Laureta Chu joined the heckling on social media and remarked it was a “highly satisfying sight.”
“Albee Benitez, the Filipino partner of Galaxy Macau (and more importantly, a Congressman) who is pushing to build a casino in Boracay, fell into the waters in this highly satisfying photo.
Albee, the Universe is telling you something.
Meanwhile, in the comment thread in the Philippine Star video, netizens couldn’t agree more with the sentiment of Krizette Chu above.
Gerardo Deleon remarked: “Karma comes in many ways.. funding for those pathways in the coastal village of rio hondo,zambo city were corrupted by the people in-charge of the project..”
Sugus Ocampo showed no sympathy either. “That’s what you get for getting the lowest bidder in government projects. Lowest bidder with highest pocket commissions for govt officials = poor quality result of projects.”
Second part of the video courtesy of the Philippine Star.