Teen stranded in Zambo dies of heart attack: mayor


Posted at Jul 06 2020 12:58 PM

A teen bound for Jolo but has been stranded in Zamboanga City died due to heart attack Saturday, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco said. 

In a Facebook post, Climaco said the 19-year-old had a history of heart disease, according to his father.

“The city government of Zamboanga condoles with the family of the locally stranded individual (LSI) from Jolo who expired due to heart attack at a local pension house Saturday night,” Climaco said. 

“The unfortunate incident happened while the 19-year old male LSI was in transit to Jolo, his end destination,” she added.

The teen arrived last June 29 and was bound for his hometown Jolo.

The city mayor said that based on protocols, stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are in transit or passing through the city shall be taken care of by their respective local government units.

“In this case, the LSI was profiled, assessed and brought to the pension house, along with other Jolo-bound residents by the BARMM-DSWD (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao- Department of Social Welfare and Development) representative while waiting for the travel arrangement to bring them home,” she said.

Meanwhile, Climaco reported that a 33-year old female stranded individual tested positive for the novel coronavirus based on results released last Sunday.

The patient also arrived last June 29 and was also headed for Jolo.

“The Zamboanga LGU coordinated with BARMM-DSWD and has facilitated for the isolation of the said case at the ADZU-Lantaka facility.”

Travel restrictions were imposed due to the enhanced community quarantine implemented last March, in a bid to contain the virus.
LSIs and returning OFWs were allowed to return to their hometowns when the quarantine restrictions eased to general community quarantine.