May 17th, 2010
06:24 AM ET

Philippine governor, 5 others die in copter crash

The governor of a northern province in the Philippines and five other people died Monday when their helicopter crashed south of Manila, the official news agency said.

The helicopter carrying Rafael Nantes, the governor of Quezon, and the others crashed in a residential area in Lucena City, burning two houses, the Philippine News Agency said, quoting an army official.

Lucena City, in Quezon, is about 70 miles (110 km) south of Manila.

The preliminary cause of the crash is mechanical failure, the news agency said.

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  1. multirog

    Previously Nantes was cited for allowing an international drug syndicate to operate in his jurisdiction. Barely a week after the USDEA report was released, he's dead, killed by ancient Philippine Army helicopter.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • LiLi

      maybe someone did the weeding, it will not be the first....just curious, just one week after DEA released the report and now he is dead...killed in a chopter crash...hmmm....kind of like saying, "killed during a training incident"

      May 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. elmo

    God will weed them out

    May 17, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Slick26

    Sometimes they weed themselves out.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bruce

    An accident???

    May 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Most likely.

      May 17, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Now, if only all the feudal oligarchs occupying governors' offices around the Philippines, and their relatives controlling Congress, and the economy, could all accidentally die too. That will leave the Philippines more prosperous, free from the leeches that bleed the Filipinos to death.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      John! Well said!!! Thank you for pulling the words right out of my mouth. It is corruption that is preventing our country from becoming prosperous. From Number 2 in Asia to the bottom of the ranks, the Philippines has a long way to go.

      May 17, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • rumenkiss

      That would be great! Sadly, it's more usual that bad things happen to good people. Such injustice, if you ask me.

      May 17, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Katie

    Wow, I'm aghast that people here are so insensitive. Some people died, you can at least symphatise!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • 5t1v

      NO< you reap what you sow< in life or in death except for the host of wowowwee that is llolz

      May 17, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • LiLi

      I feel for the innocents that died..but hard to feel sorry when you have been a victim of these so-called public servants.

      May 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Villa

    Don't worry Manny Paquiao will save the day.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LiLi

      oh yeah, another joke. He is a great boxer, might be a good man too, but a congressman he should not. What the heck does he know about being a congressman? I used to like him, idolized him even, but his head got too big!

      May 17, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Sorry, Katie, but when it comes to Philippine oligarchs, my sympathies go to all the suffering Filipinos mired in poverty because of the rule of kleptocracy perpetuated by these oligarchic families that strangle Philippine political and economic life. The poor die by the hundreds every day.

    Don't you know that in every item of the national budget, 70 percent of the money goes to corruption, and only 30% is applied to the project. And the lucky citizen contractor that gets the project (say highway repairs), then manages to increase his profit margin by doing substandard work on the contract. Perhaps the new president elect, Noynoy Aquino, can do something about this.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • rama

      terrific reply by you dear.Its gud if your politicians are like that

      May 17, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • LiLi

      Amen! I hope Noynoy can make a difference. His father is a hero, his mother rallied the whole country against a dictator, I hope he has the same zeal, values, patriotism and ethics that his parents had. He sure does have big shoes to fill.

      May 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Seng

      There is nothing Noynoy can do about the issue. Once he got himself in the palace, his relatives will start milking the country. Just like the way they did when Noynoy's mother became a lame president that brings to the filipino people the infamous 8 hours daily brownouts.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Wade W.

    As a former resident of the Philippines, I can say without a doubt that this guy is no different from any other crooked politician, there in the P.I. Most of the politicians start out honest enough, but soon become completely corrupted by the nepotism and influence of their peers. So, however tragic his death, the circle of strife continues. Wash/rinse/repeat.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wade W.

    btw John,

    Double-word score, for the use of the word "oligarch". Well done sir. /golf clap

    May 17, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. tudees

    are there chiropractors in the Philippines?

    May 17, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. virgo

    I hope to God that this is not the end of the Grim Reaper's work as far as corrupt Filipino politicians are concerned. There are countless more of this species in the Philippines especially among members of the Philippine Congress and I wouldnt give a hoot if the president-elect Mr. Aquino, upon assuming office, forms a commission to investigate, prosecute, convict and line up against a wall these rascals.The grim poverty and never-ending misery of a great majority of the Filipinos can be traced directly to the graft and corruption of these politicians, their friends and their relatives.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      ...but who elected these politicians??? We, Filipinos need some cultural upheaval.

      May 17, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ricky Carpena

    Let him rest in Peace.. Will the New President ban Family Politics.. from Barangay/Village Chieftain to Senators

    May 17, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. hee yoon

    cant belive it

    May 17, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    Oh my goodness! I think I'm John's biggest fan now! YES YES and YES to everything that you've said. It's really hard to imagine that South Korea in the 1960's looked at the Philippines with eyes of envy. Now, WE have become the subject of their talks, according to a college buddy of mine who now lives in Korea. He said that Koreans are amazed by how immensely they've improved, surpassing the Philippines which was once feared for its economic prowess... DAMN the kleptocrats. In 2009, the Philippines received a very low score in the corruption index. Even we are more corrupt than Indonesia and Brazil.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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