3 minors drown in construction site

THREE boys, two of whom were siblings, drowned in the five-foot-deep water catchment hole in a construction site in Barangay Pitalo, San Fernando at 4 p.m. last Saturday.

Police identified the fatalities as Ringgo Cañeda, 10; his brother Rodrigo Jr., 7; and their cousin TJ Ybañez, 7.

Investigation showed that Ringgo asked his mother to allow them to go out in the rain. The mother yielded without asking the boys where they were going.

Senior Insp. Adrian Nalua, town police chief, said the parents of Ringgo and Rodrigo started looking for them after they failed to return home for dinner.

The parents went inside the construction site, where a subdivision is being developed.

They later found the boys floating lifeless in the water and mud.

The brothers were recovered by their parents, while Ybañez was retrieved by a construction worker.

The boys were rushed to the Carcar City Provincial Hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival.

Investigation also showed that guards were assigned at the construction site, but they failed to notice the boys sneaking inside the private property.

Nalua said they will wait for the decision of the boys’ families about the possible filing of civil damages against the developer.

Nalua said an official of the subdivision’s developer told him that they are willing to shoulder the boys’ burial expenses.

He further said that they will tap the officials of the barangay in educating the villagers on what to during emergencies. (JKV)
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