Taclobanon among victims of ill-fated 2GO vessel

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013


A TACLOBANON and a former employee of the 2GO company was among the victims of the ill-fated M/V St. Thomas Aquinas that sank off the water of Talisay City, Cebu province Friday evening.

Imelda Pailande Diaz, mother of victim Melanie Joy, is still crying for help and waiting for her daughter seventy-two hours after the ship sank off Lawis Ledge in Talisay City.

Melanie Joy
(Contributed photo)


Melanie Joy’s family and relatives are still waiting for updates and has posted pictures of Melanie in social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram asking the public for any information they can give to them.

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Imelda said: “Maski ano mangyari sa kanya, nasa naman makita pa rin namin siya,” adding the Diaz family left for Cebu last Saturday to check on the manifest of the survivors if Melanie Joy is one of them.

Melanie Joy has worked in the 2GO company for the last 10 months. She was with her mother in Tacloban City for a short break last week, before she left for Cebu on August 15 to join the crew of M/V. St. Thomas Aquinas to Palawan, Nasipit then Cebu.

Stories from the victim’s co-passengers, who survived, said that Melanie Joy was the one giving life-jackets to some crew and passengers after the collision, but said they lost her in the sea.

Search and rescue operations were cut short last August 17, because of the rough seas and bad weather. The search resumed last Sunday and Monday, but the team only retrieved 10 more bodies off the coast of Talisay, excluding Melanie Joy.

Omar Pailande, Melanie Joy’s uncle, who was in Cebu, said in a phone interview that no official statement was released by the 2GO office with regards to Melanie Joy.

As of this posting Tuesday, the death toll reached 63 and 57 are still missing, according to Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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