Aquino's chopper makes emergency landing on SCTEx

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Friday, August 10, 2012


MANILA (2nd Update, 11:39 a.m.) -- Bad weather on Friday morning has forced the aerial convoy of President Benigno Aquino III to make emergency landing on Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), a Cabinet official said.

"En route to Paniqui, Tarlac shortly before 9 a.m., the President's aerial convoy encountered heavy rains, forcing the chopper to land at the end of SCTEx," Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon Carandang in a text message.

"We're all fine but we're all wet," Carandang told ANC.

Despite the minor glitch, he said the President still proceeded with his scheduled visit to flood victims in Tarlac and other provinces in Central Luzon.

"The convoy, after a slight delay, proceeded by land as scheduled to the areas to be visited by the President. The area at the end of SCTEx, which is San Miguel, is not occupied by much traffic, so there was no traffic disruption," the Palace official said.

The President was with Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson, Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Energy Secretary Rene Almendras, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva, Aurora Representative Sonny Angara, former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros, and Carandang.

Aquino is scheduled to visit evacuation centers and flooded areas in the municipalities of Paniqui and Capas in Tarlac.

He is also scheduled to go to Dinalupihan in Bataan, San Fernando City in Pampanga and Obando and Malolos City in Bulacan.

Since Wednesday, Aquino has been busy doing inspections of flooded areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces affected by floods spawned by monsoon rains. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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