BRUNEI - Davao City's Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge Mikey Aportadera, head of delegation of the Dabawenyos-bannered Mindanao-Philippines seeing action in the 10th BIMPNT-Eaga Friendship Games 2018 here, lost his iPhone inside the Cebu Pacific plane they boarded Tuesday evening, December 4. He might have dropped it when he disembarked from the plane.
But he only realized it when the some 90-member city delegation arrived at the Brunei International Airport.
Aportadera, in a brief conversation Wednesday at the Wafa Hotel and Apartment where the delegates are staying, said, "Nawala lagi, dili man hinuon pud to magamit kay nakalock man to pero ungta lagi mabalik (I lost it but it can't be used since it's locked. I just hope it will be returned)."
A Davao coach, in a separate conversation, said the plane, bound to return to Manila, already took off when Aportadera tried to recover his phone.
The incident, however, did not dampen Aportadera's spirit as he went on with his tasks Wednesday.
Coaches in swimming, athletics, karatedo, lawn balls, pencak silat, sepak takraw, taekwondo and wushu also attended meetings conducted in separate venues here.
Davao City's 71 athletes will only compete in six sports as the city has no entry in pencak silat and lawn balls.
Meanwhile, a coach from the Palawan delegation was off-loaded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 and was prohibited from joining the contingent that took a Royal Brunei flight.
Sources said the coach has a pending case in court.