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PNP exec in chopper crash discharged from hospital

May 23, 2020 - Saturday 2:05 AM by PNA

Article Banner Image CHOPPER CRASH. A helicopter of the Philippine National Police (PNP) crashed upon takeoff after hitting a high-tension wire due to poor visibility in San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020. Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway, one of two police generals who were critically injured in the helicopter crash, was discharged from the hospital on Thursday (May 21, 2020) as his condition has improved. (Contributed photo)

MANILA – One of the two police generals who were critically injured in a helicopter crash in Laguna was discharged from the hospital, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, PNP deputy chief for administration, said Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway has been released from Asian Hospital on Thursday as his condition has improved.

Mga two weeks lang siguro ang therapy niya. Okay na siya lahat kumpleto na. Nagsasalita siya lahat, lahat okay siya (He will undergo therapy for two weeks. He is fine and everything is complete. He can speak now. In general, he is okay),” Cascolan told reporters in a phone interview.

Before the accident, Magaway was PNP's Director for Intelligence.

Cascolan is hopeful that Magaway is still able to perform his duties.

“I'm very positive that he will be good. He can still be given responsibilities. But of course, he will have to be evaluated. But at the same time, that's the decision of the chief PNP to make," he said.

He, however, said the workload that will be given to Magaway will depend on the "evaluation of the psychologist and other doctors”.

Magaway had been in the hospital for two months for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Jose Maria Ramos, former Director for Comptrollership remains in the hospital.

“He's still in (comatose) state, (as per) doctors at Asian Hospital. He is still unconscious," Cascolan said.

On March 5, a helicopter carrying ranking police officials, including PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, crashed upon takeoff when it hit a high-tension wire due to poor visibility caused by thick dust.

Gamboa, together with his aide-de-camp Capt. Keventh Gayramara and PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac were the first ones who were released from St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in Taguig.

While two pilots - - Lt. Colonels Roel Zalatar and Rico Macawili - - and Senior Master Sgt. Luis Estonia were also discharged from the hospital.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. (PNA)

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