13 die after vehicle plunges into Kalinga irrigation canal

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021   •   832

At least 13 individuals, including children, were killed after their vehicle crashed and fell into an irrigation canal in Tabuk City, Kalinga, the city government said.

In a post on Facebook, the local government said the vehicular accident was reported along Barangay Bulo on Sunday afternoon.

“Vehicular accident along the irrigation canal in Brgy. Bulo involving a black Ford Everest SUV driven by Soy Lope Agtulao resulting in multiple drowning,” it said.

“According to rescuers from PDRRMC and the PNP, at around 2:30 this afternoon,15 passengers were in the car and 13 of them drowned including children and adults,” it added.

The city government said that 12 of the victims were declared dead on arrival at the Mija Kim Medical Center in Agbannawag.

The other three victims were brought to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) where one of them died.

Based on the information provided by the city government, four of the victims were residents of Tadian, Mt. Province while the rest were from Tabuk City.

No details were provided on why the victims were together and where they were going when the car crash occurred.

Two of the passengers survived the accident.

“The City Local Government Unit (CLGU) of Tabuk extends its sympathy to the families of the victims,” the city government said.

PNP chief Sinas orders probe on Kalinga road crash

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Monday ordered an investigation into a road accident that killed 13 people, including children, in Kalinga on Sunday.

Sinas directed the Cordillera Police to look into the incident as he reminded motorists to strictly observe load limits and maximum passenger capacity in private and public vehicles.

He also ordered the PNP Highway Patrol Group to strictly enforce regulations against overloading and other transportation policies.

Sinas’ directive comes after 13 individuals died when their vehicle fell into an irrigation canal in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

The vehicle was driven by Soy Lope Agtula who was identified as a personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

Initial investigation showed that Agtula and his passengers were heading to Bulo Lake from Tadian Mt. Province.

The vehicle was carrying 15 people.

Twelve of the victims were rushed to Mija Kim Medical Center but were declared dead on arrival, while three others were brought to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) where one of them died.

Two passengers survived the incident, authorities said.

“I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of these victims. May their souls be at peace and I hope that our Creator brings you the much-needed peace during these trying times,” Sinas said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

P7.9-M worth of marijuana seized in Cordillera police ops

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Thousands of dried marijuana plants and seeds were confiscated in a series of raids conducted by police operatives in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the Cordillera police launched the operations on five clandestine marijuana farms in Kalinga from Thursday until Friday, as part of PNP’s “summer offensive” against cultivation of prohibited plants.

The police raid on the five plantation sites, with a total land area of 2,550 square meters, stemmed from a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of Special Operations Unit 2, led by PNP Drug Enforcement Group with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Isabela, the Isabela PIU, the SAF Kalinga and the 2nd Coy KPMFC on February 18, 2021, that resulted in the arrest of two persons.

The PNP said the operation yielded the arrest of two persons who told authorities about the illegal cultivation of marijuana in the mountainous area of Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

This information led to the clearing operations and destruction of marijuana plants in coordination with the PDEA, the PNP said.

Police said a total of 21,600 fully-grown marijuana plants were destroyed in the clandestine farms, including some 30 kilograms of dried marijuana stalks and one kilogram of marijuana seeds, all estimated to be worth P7,945,000 based on standard drug price used by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

“Let me reiterate that police operation against the cultivation, production, and trafficking of Marijuana will continue without let-up because under Philippine laws, Cannabis in the form of plants, products, and its derivatives is still a dangerous drug as defined under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” Sinas said.

19 Filipinos injured in Rome road crash

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Nineteen Filipinos were hurt in a road accident involving a public transportation vehicle in Italy, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the DFA said the accident happened last Oct. 16 in Via Cassia, north of Rome.

The Philippine Embassy has interviewed nine of the Filipino victims who said they have received immediate medical attention for the muscle trauma they suffered from the accident.

Three of them also sustained wounds on the forehead while two had fractures on their shoulders and leg, the DFA added.

The Embassy assured it will continue to monitor the condition of the road mishap victims.

It will also coordinate with Italian authorities who have yet to determine the cause of the accident.

“Latest updates will be provided, once they become available. The Embassy stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to the Filipinos,” it added.

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