Armed men occupy Subic’s Ocean Adventure: official

  • Page Views 3715
  • MANILA –  Some 70 armed men have taken over the Ocean Adventure theme park in Subic Bay, the head of government agency overseeing the port area said Thursday.

    It was not immediately clear why the suspects occupied the park from Feb. 13, barring employees from entering, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairman Martin Diño told DZMM.

    “Nakakalungkot kasi supposed to be, dapat hindi nakapasok ang mga iyan,” Diño told radio DZMM.

    (It saddens me because they should not have been allowed to enter in the first place.)

    “Full coordination na kami ngayon sa kapulisan at lahat ng authority para ma-takeover kasi that’s a continuing threat, ‘yang nangyayari d’yan.”

    (We are coordinating with the police and the authorities to take over, because what’s happening there is a continuing threat)

    Authorities aim to reclaim the area from the group “anytime this week,” he said.

    DISGRUNTLED EX-INVESTORS

    A group of former investors led by Scott Niel Sharpe, a foreign national, was behind the attack, Aletha Candaliza, spokesperson of the theme park workers told ABS-CBN News.

    The group, she said, forcefully evicted women from the staff dormitory, knocked down several doors, opened vaults and demanded food and drinks.

    Ten people were injured in the takeover, she said.

    “Kung halimbawa pong may dispute sila sa negosyo, hindi po tayo manghimasok doon, pero iyung manner po ng ginawa nila na pagpasok d’yan sa Ocean Adventure, iyung pamamaraan, pumasok sila d’yan nang walang court order, walang sheriff, isa po iyang grave violation,” he said.

    (If they indeed have a business dispute, we will not intrude. But their entry into the Ocean Adventure was done without a court order, they were not accompanied by a court sheriff — that’s a grave violation.) 

    SECURITY LAPSES

    SBMA security has been asked to explain why they failed to stop the group, Diño said.

    “Biro n’yo security namin dito, nasa 800 tapos walang nagawa, e 70 lang iyan. Mananagot po lahat ng nagkulang dito,” he fumed.

    (Imagine, we have around 800 security personnel here, but they were not able to do anything against 70 men. Those who failed to do their jobs will be held accountable.)

    Ocean Adventure is a popular tourist draw in the former US Navy base, that has in the past featured seals and false killer whales.

     (Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 22 September 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Vhong Navarro under NBI custody for rape charge

      Metro Manila — TV host and actor Vhong Navarro remains under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as of Tuesday, a day after he was slapped with two arrest warrants over complaints filed by model-stylist Deniece Cornejo in 2014. Navarro’s camp has yet to file a motion ...

    • 22 September 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Meet and greet with Jinny, Ramon and Surrey Forward

      The Surrey Forward party is ready to serve the city and its residents. Surrey Forward is fielding Jinny Sims as mayoral candidate in the October 15, 2022 local election, and the party also has seven candidates for council. One of these candidates is Filipino Canadian financial professional Ramon Bandong. ...

    • Queen-Elizabeth-King-Charles-2022
      15 September 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Farewell Queen Elizabeth, Long live King Charles!

      The world is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth, whose reign spanned 70 years, was succeeded to the throne by her eldest son Charles, who has been proclaimed as King Charles III. The ...

    • 08 September 2022
      4 weeks ago No comment

      Filipino concert scene returns to Vancouver

      After a long hiatus because of COVID-19, the Filipino concert scene is revving up in Vancouver. A series of shows has been lined up starting in the month of September 2022, and ReyFort Media Group is calling on the community to support these events. The ReyFort Media Group wants ...

    • 01 September 2022
      1 month ago No comment

      Boni Barcia’s summer soiriee with B.C. NDP and Filipino community

      Boni Barcia hosted a summer party at his Coquitlam residence, which saw leading figures with the ruling B.C. NDP government rubbing elbows with members of the Filipino community. Among those in attendance at the August 28, 2022 bash was David Eby, presumed frontrunner in the race to become the ...

    %d bloggers like this: