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. silent-lamb

    PHilippines has been THE JR. MEXICO FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES...! Why are the Filipinos are so gullible? It's a SHAME FOR A NATION who boast its PRIDE ABOUT IT'S BLOODLESS FEBRUARY'86 REVOLUTION, WHILE THE TRUTH ALL THOSE WHO WERE AND ARE STILL IN CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT- ARE NOTHING BUT HARDLINE CROOKS, COLD-BLOODED(POLITICIANS)CRIMiNALS, WHO THEMSELVES ARE FAR WORST than that man they had "Mocked" as dictator(MARCOS). Now, that JUDAS(Aquino's)son who is TRUMPETING to be winner to own the MANILA MALACANANG PALACE,( even it is done by deceit.) The Filipinos should and will expect " A QUITE EXOTIC AND VARIETY OF ILLEGAL DRUGS OVERFLOWING in their PARADISE- ISLAND.

    I think that, ONLY a miracle can deliver the Filipinos, like the Mexicans FROM THEIR CRIMINAL INFESTED GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. roborat

    its not about family politics.. its each individual politician's capabilities that matter.. Alien?!?

    May 17, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. roborat

    silent lamb.. your using all caps!! r u shouting!?!? silent,ryt!?!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. jbee

    All FIlipinos who spoke ill of the dead should be ashamed of themselves..specially those who don't live in quezon province. We all know a little if not nothing about them. No one has the right to judge others because all of us are sinners! The news is about the tragic death of people here not politics. The whole quezon province is mourning right now so please at least have a little respect.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. elizshaw

    Dynastic politics has no place if the Philippines is to recoup its lost standing... say no more to the jinggoys, the mikeys, the binays and others of their ilk who happily milk the country and forcing their countrymen to work overseas as maids and seamen. Shame on you!!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. andres bonifacio

    Ferdinand Marcos destroyed the soul of the Filipino .... He must be roasting in hell right now as we speak.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Wade W.

      Nice thought, and yet the Filipino people elected Imelda Marcos into the Congress, even after all the evidence of the corruption and graft she helped to create. It's hard to feel sorry for a people who embrace/forgive such betrayal.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. AngelY25

    thats right jbee!! I'am from Lucena, Quezon.. thank you..

    May 17, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. AngelY25

    @elizshaw we have nothing to do about that.. filipinos never learned.. they still don't know the difference between capability and popularity...

    May 17, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Wade W.

    No offense, but my wife is Filipina, and I lived in the P.I. for years. They're politics are an odd mix of a popularity contest, and who has the most guns. The military leaders over there also have odd relationships, with government officials, that make them loyal to those politicians, instead of the country, as a whole. But in the end, the results are always the same. The common filipino/filipina wind up paying the price for the nepotism/corruption that each elected official participates in. Unfortunately, i'd say this corruption has become the culture, and not the exception. I really love the Philippines. It is so beautiful, in so many ways. And think, if they had voted another direction in 1948, they could have very well been the 49th state. Irony?

    May 17, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dabo

    some correction the news. please cite that Quezon Province is about 80 miles south of capital Manila and it is a Southern Province on the island of Luzon. His chopper was a Robinson R-44. thanks!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. buddha1968

    their helicopter was brand new and it exploded before if crashed.. investigations are still on going

    May 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Condolences and blessings to the Nantes Family.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. red

    Brother Nantes Rest in peace from your Tau Gamma Phi Family!! tnk u!

    May 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. multirog

    Facts: Nantes was LP (Noynoy's party) treasurer
    Nantes was cited by USDEA as possibly coddling an intl drug syndicate in Quezon (for the treasury right?)
    One week later he's "dead" in a crash of a brand NEW helicopter
    News reports today are flush with praise and condolences for Nantes WITH NO MORE MENTION of USDEA report (protecting Noynoy?)

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ram

    shame on the people making ill comment to the people involved and specially to those who are not Filipino and doesnt live in Quezon, im from Quezon, and we know what Governor Nantes have done to our provinces, just pray for the eternal repost of his soul.

    Whether good or bad where not the one to judge the person, and as far as I know he did good things in our provinces specially to Lopez Quezon particularly in Polytechnic University of the Phillippnes. Gov. Nantes is well loved by the Quezonian..surely the people will miss him...just pray for his soul....God Bless Quezon Province....

    May 18, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
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