Saturday, 8 February 2014


Baguio City – Fifteen passengers, including two foreigners, died – nine on the spot – when the passenger bus they were in fell into a 200-meter ravine yesterday at Sitio Paggang, Barangay Talubin, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Senior Supt. Oliver Enmodias, provincial director of the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office, told the Manila Bulletin by telephone nine passengers were confirmed dead on the spot during the retrieval and rescue operation while injured passengers were  rushed to a nearby hospital.
Police identified the two foreigners as Alex Adres Loring , a Canadian national whose hometown was not immediately available, and Anne Van De Van, a Dutch national.
There was no immediate reaction from either the Canadian Embassy or the Netherlands Embassy in Manila.
Others who died on the spot are Marcial C. Bernard Jr.; Andrew David Sicam; Natividad Ngawa; Gerald D. Baja; Arvin Jimenez; Ana Alaba, and seven unidentified persons.
The 32 injured were taken to the government-run Bontoc General Hospital.
They included Dutch national Annenwik Verwegen.
Others injured were Edgar Renon (driver), 39; Jerymiah Agnapan, 34; Agung Sikam, 7; Silvestre Dawey, 22; Ammelok, 32; Codiamat, 27; Teresita Sawad, 51; Melchor Suagen, 22; Camille Osorio, 28; Bernard Bernard, 28;
Christian Conrado, 34; Alexandeer Longlong, 42; Kristina De Leon; Naty Bang-i, 57; Robert Conrado, 45; Aby Atin, 24; James Posao, 38; Carina Hairer, 19; Basilan Miluardo, 43; Abegail Sikam;
Edgar Kemon, 39; Winsislaw Siano, 30; Michael Ligito, 27; Dun Chavez, 30; Jason Melchor, 38; Olivia Aglipay, 27; Charlie Santamaria, 32; Paeng Cordove, 32; a certain brother of Agung Sikam,4; and two unidentified persons.
Initial reports said a Florida bus with license plate TXT 872 came from Sampaloc, Manila, and was bound for Mountain Province via Banaue-Bontoc road.
Police are continuing their investigation.

Miami Bulletin 



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