By By Fernan A. Gianan
29 tourists safe in Pandan motorboat accident
posted 19-Dec-2018  ·  
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For lack of space, several news items, advertisements and photos were not accommodated in this issue, notably a citizen’s complaint against the DPWH regional office and the contractor of the delayed boulevard expansion project in Sta. Cruz. The issues will be published next week. Our apologies to the reading public.


For this week’s column, we turn our attention to an incident that apparently went unreported to the Catanduanes Provincial Police Office.

Last Monday, someone forwarded to the Tribune email a scanned copy of a blotter entry in the Pandan police station. Entered Dec. 1, 2018 at 9 A.M., the entry concerns a report made by an employee of the Pandan Seashore Park that the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia motorized banca was allegedly submerged in the sea off Mambang beach in barangay Pandan del Norte while on its way to Tuwad-Tuwadan lagoon. A team led by OIC-police chief Senior Inspector Christian Brual immediately proceeded to the park to verify the veracity of the report.

According to the police, at about 8:30 A.M. that day, 29 tourists mainly from Metro Manila and neighboring cities and provinces boarded the banca together with six local guides: Geno Castilla, Jojo Gonzales, Romualdo Trinidad, Dante Trinidad, Isagani Isorena and Ryan Bobis.

While out in the sea off Mambang, the wooden vessel was hit by strong waves, causing it to capsize and throwing the passengers and crew into the water along with their belongings. Fortunately, a group of fishermen and bystanders spotted them and immediately went to the area and rescued the stricken group, bringing them to the park along with whatever belongings were recovered. All were found safe with no injuries, with the traumatized tourists staying at the park’s lodge until their trip back to their homes.

Here’s the list of the tourists and their lost belongings in parentheses: Ronilo Lope, 37, Antipolo City (iPhone 8+); Jage Niko Agustin, 27, Taguig City (iPhone 8, GoPro Hero 6 and sports camera); Kristine Navarro, 32, Tondo, Manila (Samsung S8 and Samsung S5); Joseph Bautista, 28, Taguig City (Huawei P20 Pro; Charvin dela Cruz, 25, Valenzuela City (Samsung A6 Plus); Richard Angeles, 46, Quezon City (Spark Drone with accessories and Oppo F7); Eric Manuel, 36, Metro Manila (iPhone); Reynan Pangilinan, 23, Valenzuela City (P12,600 cash, cellphone, IDs, three credit cards and ATM card); John Ralph dela Vega, 20, Quezon City (Oppo F9); Warren Ectin, 33, Batangas (New Era NCAA drawstring bag, iPhone 8 256GB, Sony Experia Z Ultra, wallet with P5,000 cash, powerbank, IDs and cards); Gian Nikko Malilay, 30, Batangas City (Asus Zenfone Max and Samsung Galaxy J2); Michelle Carla Sale, 27, Batangas City (Oppo F9, Oppo F1s, and GoPro accessories); Marvin Oliveros, 33, Rizal City; Wilnaida Chua, 24, Binondo, Manila; Jermaine Cabrera, 34, Pasig City; Shyne Marie Rondina, 25, Taguig City; Kent Ryan Reyes, 25, Cubao, Quezon City; Margarette Generoso, 55, Parañaque City; Norman Felix Manibo, 28, Rizal; Vanessa Mendoza, 36, Quezon City; Alfie Ebuen, 29, Pasig City; Leanza Almeda, 25, Biñan, Laguna; Rodulfo Payag Jr., 40, Taguig City; John Kevin Quesada, 32, Taguig City; Larry Delica, 23, Metro Manila; Glenn San Buenaventura, 40, Carol San Buenaventura, 37, and Randy Regencia, 30, all of Makati City; and Janice Tiamzon, 37, Apalit, Pampanga.

The Pandan blotter report did not identify the crew of M/B Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia or its operator, as one would have expected in the normal course of a police investigation. Likewise, it did not mention if all 29 tourist passengers, the six guides and crew wore safety vests as required by law.

    It is hoped that the police would disclose more information so as to guide local tourism bodies on appropriate measures to take.


LONG ODDS. A 90-year old man says to his doctor. “I have an 18-year old bride who’s pregnant with my child. What do you think of that?”

    The doctor says, “I have an elderly friend who’s a hunter. One day, when he was going out in a hurry, he accidentally picked up his umbrella instead of his gun. When he got to the field, he saw a rabbit sitting beside the stream. He raised his umbrella and went, ‘Bang, bang’ and the rabbit fell dead. What do you think of that?”

    The 90-year old says. “I’d say somebody else killed that rabbit.”

   The doctor replies, “My point exactly.”

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