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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 17, 2017
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Briton, 3 more drown in Negros

The lifeless bodies of the teacher and the motorcycle driver, who were both reported missing on Friday, were found the next day at the Himogaan River in Sagay City in Negros Occidental.

Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Sagay City police officer-in-charge, yesterday said the body of Rona Beleganio, 23, was found at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Himogaan River in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City.

At about 4 p.m. of the same day, the lifeless body of motorcycle driver Clodualdo Abisamis, was also discovered floating in the same area, Mansueto said.

Investigations of the Sagay City police showed that the motorcycle of Abisamis, where Beleganio was riding, slipped and fell into the river, while crossing the overflow bridge in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City, with another motorcycle also crossing in the opposite direction.

Mansueto said the body of Beleganio was discovered when a member of the search and retrieval team, stepped on it about 130 meters from where she and the habalhabal driver had fallen, and that led to the recovery of her cadaver.

The lifeless body of Abisamis, 58, was also found floating in the same area, seven hours after.

Beleganio was reported to have recently passed the teacher's board examination, and was assigned at the Sherman Hill Elementary School in Brgy.Baviera, Sagay City.

Mansueto said the bodies of the two victims will be subjected to post-mortem examinations.

On the same day, British Stephen Ward, 37,was declared dead on arrival at the Holy Child Hospital in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, a report of the Police Regional Office 18 showed.

Ward, a temporary resident of Thads Place in Sitio Cabcab, Brgy.Mayabon, Zamboaguita town in Negros Oriental, was reported by the police to have drowned.

Attempts to revive him at the shoreline of the town, were being made when members of the Zamboaguita Police Station arrived. He was brought to a hospital in Dumaguete City, where he was declared dead on arrival by Dr. Elvie Rose Dollete, the police said.

A fisherman identified as Ricarido de la Cruz, 63, was also found dead yesterday, after he was reported missing on Saturday in Brgy. Tuburan, EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.

Mayor Marvin Malacon yesterday said that the lifeless body of dela Cruz was found floating in the territorial waters of Brgy. Tuburan in EB Magalona.

Reports of the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Officer EdmerAgravante, Malaconshowed that de la Cruz went fishing alone on Saturday.His motorboat was seen abandoned and he was nowhere to be found later.

BantayDagat members of EB Magalona and the Philippine Coast Guard joined the search for de la Cruz immediately after he was reported missing. But the search ended in a negative result.

The resumption of the search and retrieval operations yesterday produced a positive result,but de la Cruz was already dead.

Malacon said de la Cruz may have fallen from his motorboat, while having an epilepsy attack or his boat may have been hit by big waves.

Senior Inspector Bonifacion Aral, EB Magalona police chief, said the motorboat of de la Cruz was also damaged.* GPB



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