2 coal mine mishap victims recovered

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SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE: Two more bodies were recovered in the landslide at the Panian Pit of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation in Caluya town, Antique province have been identified by their relatives.

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The victims are identified as Dexter Daopan and Jack Mandrique, both heavy equipment operators.

Presently the five casualties are Ricaredo Panes, Arnold Omac, Alexander Nodo, Daopan and Mandrique. Still missing are Danilo Bayhon, Generoso Talaro, Ian Catulay and Noel Penola.

Rescuers were able to rescue five miners on Friday afternoon identified as Brendo Tuarez, Nelson Villamor Sr., Patrick Morgado, Renan Entible and Ricardo Cabrera. They are presently confined at the company-owned hospital on the island.

Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao has sent Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Broderick Train and Police Provincial Office Director Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel to the island this morning to conduct an inspection on the rescue and retrieval operations at the mine site.

On the other hand, Caluya Mayor Genevive Lim-Reyes activated the town’s Incident Command System to coordinate with the rescue and retrieval operations.

Reyes also extended all necessary support to the families of the casualties of the landslide.

Meanwhile, mining operations were suspended to give way to the rescue and retrieval operations.

PNA

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