Police general in Laguna chopper crash fighting for life

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2020 06:01 PM | Updated as of Mar 07 2020 06:09 PM

MANILA - Police Maj. Gen. Joevic Ramos, one of the top Philippine National Police (PNP) officials who figured in a ​ helicopter crash in Laguna on Thursday, is fighting for his life as he remains in critical condition, a police official said Saturday.

This contrary to information that he had passed away, with PNP acting spokesperson Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana Jr. correcting information he had released earlier Saturday. 

Ramos, PNP's comptrollership chief, had suffered a serious head injury after the 2-year-old Bell 429 chopper carrying him, PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa, PNP intelligence director Mariel Magaway and PNP spokesman Bernard Banac went down in San Pedro City after it snagged a wire after takeoff.

Since the crash, Ramos has been in a coma. Magaway also remains in critical condition. 

Gamboa, meanwhile, was discharged from hospital Friday. 

On Saturday afternoon, the chopper's wreckage was cleared from the crash site and would be brought to the PNP hangar at the general aviation area of the Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay City. 

-reports from Raffy Santos, Bianca Dava and Andrew Bernardo, ABS-CBN News