Thursday July 19, 2018

4 die in Zamboanga Sibugay landslide

FOUR people died while three others were injured in a landslide in Barangay Peñaranda, Kabasalan town in Zamboanga Sibugay province Tuesday morning.

The fatalities were identified as Sannylito Tuquib, 21; Danilo Balicoco, 53; Adrian Ledesma, 30; and Jeffrey Lamparas; all residents of Barangay Tigbangagan, Kabasalan. The injured victims were identified as Ernacio Catipay, Joel Longgaquit, and Joe Ledesma.

The Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula said the victims, who are rubber tappers, were seeking shelter under a hillside shack due to heavy rain when the landslide occurred around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Four of the rubber tappers were buried alive and their remains were only retrieved on the afternoon.