17 dead, 62 injured over Holy Week

Posted at 04/08/2012 4:45 PM | Updated as of 04/09/2012 1:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – At least 17 people died and 62 injured in separate incidents during the Holy Week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

NDRRMC said 6 people drowned in Ilocos Region, and one each in Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro and Ifugao.

The drowning victims were identified as follows:

  • Janiesha Avril Inot Libadia, 3 (Narvacan, Ilocos Sur)
  • Romulo Garcia Flores, 55 (Bauang, La Union)
  • Bhejay Collado, 7 (Bangar, La Union)
  • Carlos Garcia Waggay, 9 (San Gabriel, La Union)
  • Aron Ocampo, 14 (Villasis, Pangasinan)
  • Bryan de Jesus, 14 (Angeles, Pangasinan)
  • Carlos Taylan, 13 (Noveleta, Cavite)
  • Mark Anthony Talban, 19 (Cuenca, Batangas)
  • Andy Gramo, 40 (Calapan, Oriental Mindoro)
  • George Sfintes (Romanian), 22 (Ifugao)

NDRRMC said Sfintes, a Romanian national, drowned after diving in Tappiyah Falls in Banaue, Ifugao. Sfintes was with 8 other foreigners when the incident occurred.

Also included in the death toll are a grandmother and her two grandchildren who died in a fire in San Mateo, Rizal.

Separate vehicular accidents also claimed the lives of Abraham dela Cruz in San Manuel, Tarlac; Marcelino Cantano in San Quintin, Abra; and an unidentified victim from Cotabato.

Melucina Mahilum, 66, died after the boat she was riding capsized off Agusan del Norte. Her 2 companions, Antonette Sebian and Kris Antony Olimpus, remain missing.

The boat carrying Mahilum and 27 others, mostly resort guests, was met with strong waves in Lake Mainit last April 3. The boat's outrigger was damaged, causing it to capsize.

Meanwhile, a string of vehicular accidents also left injured 21 individuals in Cotabato; 19 in Tarlac; 12 in Valenzuela City; 4 in Benguet; 3 in La Union; 2 in Abra; and 1 in Agusan del Norte.

A grenade explosion also occurred at around 7:45 on Good Friday in Cotabato City. No casualty was reported.