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The number of deaths caused by typhoon “Ineng” (international name: Goni) rose further to 15 on Sunday as authorities retrieved more bodies from a landslide-hit part of Mankayan, Benguet, authorities said.

Armando Dayao, Felimon Adcapan, and Jasper Olivarez’s bodies were retrieved from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, after Crispin Ablao was retrieved Saturday afternoon, Benguet provincial police spokesperson Senior Inspector Joyce Ann Dayag said.

All four were among a group of people who went missing after a landslide hit Sitio Elizabeth, Brgy. Taneg, early Saturday.

A landslide washed out shanties used by pocket miners in that area around 3 a.m., Cordillera regional police spokesperson Superintendent Cherry Fajardo said.

After Ablao’s body was retrieved past 2 p.m., residents told police that they were still looking for 18 people.

Search and recue operations had to be halted around 5 p.m. Saturday because of rising water level at the nearby creek, poor visibility, and heavy rain, Fajardo said.

Operations resumed Sunday morning, with 95 policemen from different units deployed, Dayag said.

Dayao, Adcapan, and Olivarez’s bodies were eventually retrieved while Jonie Foster and Marpety Bayagen, who had been among those reported as missing, were found alive, she said.

“Both persons (Foster and Bayagen) were confirmed alive. Accordingly, they went home before the incident happened,” Dayag said.

Thirteen people are still missing in the area as of Sunday afternoon, data provided by the Benguet provincial police showed.

They are Ronaldo Angel, Paulita Angel, Ronald Paul Angel, Hohn Aluyan Jr., Jose Aluyan Jr., Efren Balicdan, Mark Balicdan, Nardo Mocnangan, Marvin Baturi, Harold Baturi, Rocky Mangrubang, Crisanto Ablao, and Ramil Reyes.

Andrew Alex Uy, Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera director, confirmed Ablao, Dayao, Adcapan’s deaths in a report emailed Sunday afternoon.

Olivarez’s death has yet to be included in the regional civil defense unit’s list.

Uy, meanwhile, confirmed a death in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

Julius Gumisa’s body was retrieved 11 a.m. Sunday in Brgy. Suyang, Tabuk, after he went missing in Brgy. Caluttit, Bontoc, Mountain Province, the regional OCD chief said in his report.

Gumisa was the lone fatality of drowning in Cordillera, while the rest died in landslides, according to the report.

Landslides occurred as the mountainous region experienced 721.6-millimeter rainfall, or 78.43 percent of the monthly average 920mm, from August 20 to 23.

“The soil is already saturated,” Uy said.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said close to 33,000 persons in Cordillera, Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa fled their homes amid landslides, floods, and tornados at the height of “Ineng.”

Some 12,510 persons went to evacuation centers while 20,407 stayed at the home of relatives. Out of the total number of displaced persons, only 8,426 were evacuated ahead of the storm, the NDRRMC noted.

Incidents caused by “Ineng” also destroyed at least 958 houses in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Batanes, Benguet, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Laguna.

The typhoon has also caused at least P124.818 million worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera, according to the NDRRMC. (John Roson)

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(Update) Twelve people were killed while seven others were injured when the utility vehicle they were riding fell into a ravine in Buguias, Benguet, on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Twenty passengers were found at the crash site, but 11 died while being brought to the hospital, Supt. Davy Vicente Lim-mong, Cordillera regional police spokesman, said.

The 11 were identified as Biana Olsim, Manuel Langbis, Bino Waclin, Melania Madiano, Alfredo Pattian, Ferdilyn Igualdo, Arnaldo Madiano, Kimberly Waclin, Ema Tosay, Melanio Igualdo, and Melin Dasdas, all residents of Brgy. Poblacion, Buguias.

One passenger, Marrieta Gaspil, was brought to the Benguet General Hospital (BGH) but she expired while undergoing treatment, Lim-mong said.

Seven others, including driver Ambrocio Menzi, passengers Basilio Baldos, Oronio Agyapas, Nicole Waclin, Wela Waclin, Braille Waclin, and a still unidentified man are being treated at the BGH, he said.

Another passenger, identified as Jerry Bisaya Atas, was not hurt as he was able to jump off the vehicle when he noticed that it was going the wrong way, Lim-mong said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. along the Halsema Highway in Bayoyo, Brgy. Buyacaoan.

Menzi was driving the Ford Fiera utility vehicle (AAD-874) towards Brgy. Abatan when it fell into a ravine more or less 80 meters deep, Lim-mong said.

Initial investigation showed that the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a sudden downpour and heavy fog, he said. (John Roson)

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post updated. see update here

Ten people were killed while at least 10 others were injured when the utility vehicle they were riding fell into a ravine in Buguias, Benguet, on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Twenty passengers were pulled out of the crash site, but 10 died while being brought to the hospital, Supt. Davy Vicente Lim-mong, Cordillera regional police spokesman, said in a text message, citing initial field reports.

The injured are still undergoing treatment at the Abatan and Lutheran hospitals, with some being recommended for transfer to medical facilities in Baguio City, he said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. in Brgy. Bayoyo.

The Ford Fiera utility vehicle (AAD-874) was heading towards Brgy. Abatan when it fell into a ravine more or less 80 meters deep, Lim-mong said. (John Roson) post updated. see update here

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Two soldiers were killed while six others were injured as suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members ambushed government troops escorting precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in Tabuk City, Kalinga, Thursday morning, police and military officials said.

Senior Supt. Froilan Perez, Kalinga provincial police director, identified the slain soldiers as Cpl. Wilfredo Bacacao and Cpl. Allen Pattaguan, both of the Army’s 17th Infantry Battalion.

Injured were Pfc. Delfin Goyagoy, Ssgt. Rico Delacuesta, Sgt. Wayne Aguinaldo, Tsgt. Herminigildo Vergara, Tsgt. Constante Alupani, and Ssgt. Michael Adducul, also members of the 17th IB.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m., while Commission on Elections (Comelec) representatives carrying PCOS machines were convoying along the Kalinga-Bontoc road in Sitio Patiking, Brgy. Bagumbayan, escorted by policemen and Army troopers.

Perez said the group was heading towards Balbalan town when an undetermined number of armed men fired upon the soldiers, who were at the convoy’s tail.

“Pinalampas muna ‘yung mga taga-Comelec, BEIs (board of election inspectors), saka ‘yung PNP escort, pero pagdating dun sa Army inupakan na sila,” Perez said in a phone interview.

Col. Loreto Magundayao, spokesman of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division, said the soldiers and policemen were able to return fire, but it was not known if the rebels also suffered casualties.

“Ang mahalaga naman dun, ‘yung mga taga-Comelec safe sila at saka ‘yung PCOS machine nai-safe nila kaagad at hindi naman nasira or nakuha,” Magundayao said.

Perez said the local police’s “quick reaction force” is now conducting checkpoints to intercept rebels who may be wounded.

“‘Yun na lang ang magagawa namin sa ngayon kasi karamihan ng tropa namin sa PNP naka-deploy na sa mga polling centers kasi bukas na ‘yung final testing ng PCOS machines. Sa Army, may hot pursuit operations sila ngayon,” Perez said. (John Roson)

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Three people were injured when a fragmentation grenade exploded in Baguio City early Sunday, shortly before the highlight of the city’s Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival) started, police said.

Gilbert Salvador, 29; Joseph Espada, 49; and Genard Palomique, 33, all local residents, suffered “minor injuries” on their legs and backs, Baguio City Police director Senior Supt. Jesus Cambay Jr. said.

All three victims were rushed by responding policemen and volunteers to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, he said.

The blast occurred around 6:50 a.m. at the basement of the Melvin Jones Grandstand in Burnham Park, where the Baguio City Volunteers Against Crime holds office, city police spokesman Senior Insp. Virgilio Hidalgo said by phone.

Initial investigation showed that an unidentified suspect threw an MK 2 fragmentation grenade while Salvador, Joseph Espada, and Palomique were busy attending to their work inside the office, Hidalgo said.

The incident occurred barely two hours before the Panagbenga Festival’s “grand float parade” started around 8 a.m.

The parade started at the Panagbenga Park, passed through Session Road in the city center, and ended at the Baguio Athletic Bowl in Burnham Park past 11 a.m.

This year’s festival kicked off on Feb. 10 and will close on March 4.

Cambay said the blast “was not a terrorist act” and “could not be related” to the annual festival, which draws millions of spectators to the city.

“It is very unfortunate that this isolated incident occurred despite the festive mood that the residents and visitors are now experiencing in this mountain resort,” Cambay added.

Investigators were still trying to determine the perpetrator’s identity and location as of this writing. (John Roson)

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Six people were killed when the van they were riding fell into a deep ravine in Atok, Benguet, early Sunday, a police official said.

The Hyundai Grace van (WSY-874) was carrying 13 people when it fell into a 200-meter deep ravine, Supt. Edwin Butacan, head of the PNP Highway Patrol Group’s unit in the Cordillera region, said.

The incident occurred at Kilometer 43 Balangbang around 2 a.m., while the van was travelling from Tadian, Mt. Province, to Baguio City, Butacan said.

Seven people were injured in the incident and have been brought to different hospitals, according to a radio report. (John Roson)

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A 28-year-old woman was arrested for transporting P550,000 worth of marijuana bricks on a passenger bus in Tabuk City, Kalinga, police said Saturday.

Merlyn Guimba, a native of Tinglayan, was arrested around 6 a.m. Thursday when the bus she was riding passed through a checkpoint in Sitio Talaka, Brgy. Agbannawang, Cordillera regional police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong said.

Operatives at the checkpoint siezed from Guimba 22 bricks of dried marijuana weighing about one kilogram each, Magalong said.

Investigators have yet to determine who the contraband was intended for, but the bus was headed for Baguio City, he said. (John Roson)

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photo courtesy of Cordillera regional police

Four people, including a baby boy, were killed while 11 others were injured as the passenger jeep they were riding fell into a creek in Pasil, Kalinga, Thursday afternoon, police reported Friday.

A report from the Cordillera regional police identified the fatalities as Virginia Dingal, 78; Lester Guisoben; Jearin Trixie Wayaway, 1; and Binay Dalnag, 45.

Injured were Nardo Wayaway, 26; Bonie Pan-oy, 55; Dalin Telan, 40, Leonie Tullabang, 25; Corazon Alwod, 68; Elisa Surat, 54; Imelda Wayaway, 31, and her 1-year-old son; Rodrigo Surat, 55; Zared To-oc, 11; and Rocky Amiyan.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. while Dougan Lingayo was driving the jeep (AYA-262) in Sitio Furanao, Brgy. Balatoc.

The jeep bumped a boulder beside the road, causing the driver to loose control of the steering wheel until the vehicle fell into a 7-meter pit with a creek at its base, according to the report.

Authorities are still looking for Lingayo, who fled the area after the incident. (John Roson)

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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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Eight suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members and a soldier got killed as government troops clashed with the rebel group in Tineg, Abra, on Monday.

The encounter between members of the 41st Infantry Battalion and about 20 rebels erupted in Brgy. Caganayan around 7:45 a.m. and firefight was still ongoing around 4 p.m., according to Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz.

Troops recovered from the scene the bodies of two female rebels, six male rebels, and eight high-powered firearms, he said.

A separate statement from the Army headquarters in Manila, quoting 41st IB commander Lt. Col. Noel Baluyan, identified the slain soldier as Cpl. Lloyd Tega.

Military gunships and Huey helicopters were sent to the area in the afternoon to provide “close air support” to ground troops and insert more personnel, Ortiz said.

Meanwhile, police said suspected NPA members also barged into a “religious camp” and poultry farm in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, early Monday.

Citing field reports, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said some 20 rebels “harassed” Mt. Moriah Camp and the New Faith Children’s Home at sa Sitio Pal-ing, Brgy. Patpat, around 3:45 a.m.

It was not immediately known what kind of harassment was carried out, but Cruz said the 13 foreigners billeted at the area were safe.

Around 4:40 a.m., some 14 fully-armed rebels disarmed Roel Achachos, a security guard of the Azura Poultry Farm, also in Sitio Pal-ing, Brgy. Patpat.

“The suspects carted the security guard’s issued shotgun, took some chicken, and fled on board a mini-dump truck heading towards the Hernandez Farm area,” Cruz said, citing information from the Northern Mindanao regional police. (John Roson)

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