Doctors in ‘Pablo’ ops hurt in road mishap

Karlos Manlupig
The military says 5 out of 6 injured persons remain in critical condition
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – At least 6 doctors from the Provincial Health Office of Maguindanao and their driver were hurt in a road accident in the town of Baganga in Davao Oriental on Tuesday afternoon, December 19. 

Major Jacob Obligado, chief of the civil-military operations of the 10th Infantry Division, said the doctors were on their way to the Incident Command Post of Baganga to help in relief and rehabilitation operations when their black Pajero rammed into a tree. It happened in Barangay Saoquigue at around 4:15 pm. 

“They tried to evade crashing into a motorcycle and rammed (into) a tree,” Obligado said. 

The victims were identified as Dr Nic Cantiro, Dr Almatin Dimaucom, Dr Nor-ayin Salic, Dr Junnah Mangacoy, Dr Grace Espinosa, Dr Taher Salaik, and driver Tuy Pangilan.

“They were immediately evacuated to Cateel District Hospital for first aid. (The) said patients were evacuated at about 10 pm (on the) same day for evacuation to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao upon arrival of two (ambulances) from Boston,” Obligado said. 

The victims are now being treated at SPMC for evaluation and medication, Obligado said.  

“Only Dr Salaik is stable. The rest are in critical condition,” Obligado said. –
Click on the links below for more updates on Typhoon Pablo: