Ex-PNP top spook back home from chopper crash

MAJOR General Mariel M. Magaway is now back home after being discharged from the hospital on Thursday, 77 days after he and seven others including Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa figured in a helicopter crash in San Pedro City, Laguna.

PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Lieutenant Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, a best friend and classmate of Magaway from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 along with Gen. Gamboa, broke the good news.

Lt. Gen. Cascolan said Magaway, the PNP Director for Intelligence during the chopper crash was released from the Asian Medical Center and directly brought to his home. The official said Magaway can already speak as he noted that Magaway’s memory appeared to be good.

"Kahapon ng umaga dumating siya ng bahay, sinalubong namin. Mga two weeks lang siguro 'yan ng therapy niya okay na siya na lahat kumpleto na," the official said.

"Nagsasalita siya, okay siya. Siyempre dahil apat na buwan siyang nakahiga, inaalalayan pa lang na maglakad but in two weeks therapy kuhang-kuha niya,” he added.

Cascolan said Magaway will be evaluated by the PNP leadership and doctors if he can still return to the police force.    

Another official close to Magaway said that the latter can already eat solid food and walk by himself, all indications he is on his way to full recovery.

However, another PMA Class 1986 member who was also seriously injured in the chopper crash remained in ‘deep coma,’ said Cascolan. He referred to Major Gen. Jose Maria Victor DF Ramos who was the PNP Comptroller at the time of the crash.