Eleven people were killed while 10 others were seriously injured when the passenger jeep they were riding fell into a ravine in Bontoc, Mt. Province, Sunday afternoon.
Police identified the fatalities as Sherleene Benis, Maryanne Camfoli, Chuwarey Arokod, Jonalyn Sallongen, Teresa Aronchay, Chagon Chamkas, Adelene Domakyon, Helen Lachika, Chanda Chamkas, Delia Sumilao, and Melvin Aronchay.
Still confined at the Bontoc General Hospital are Jessica Sumilao, 10; Myrna Lapa-an, 23; Isagani Falisong, 13; Zenia Maskay,14; Luisa Waking, 34; Rachel Lapa-an, 21; Jacquline Banganan, 48; Abraham Mang-osan; Jane Falisong, 33; and Stevensol Paraan.
The incident occured around 2:30 p.m., while Antonio Dulawan was driving the jeep (ACZ-135) up a steep road in Sitio Am-ancho, Brgy. Bontoc Ili.
Dulawan stopped the jeep when one of the passengers’ bags fell but the wheels slipped, so the vehicle moved backwards until it plunged into the 150 meter-deep ravine, according to Supt. Richard Verceles, Cordillera regional police spokesman.
The jeep’s driver, owner Ruben Piska, and other passengers Nestor Maskay Jr., Jackson Banganan, and two Army personnel were not injured, Verceles said.
Dulawan is now under the local police’s custody while charges against him are being prepared. (John Roson)
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