CAVITE: A fisherman died while one of his companions was in critical condition on Saturday after unidentified men on board a motorized boat hurled dynamite directly into the fishermen’s dive site off the coast of Rosario and Tanza towns in this province.
The Cavite provincial police director, Senior Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr., reported that the two victims, Jonnel Antiquerra, 19, and Elmer Belmonte, 21, along with several others, were diving for fish at about 3:45 a.m. on Saturday when unidentified fishermen dropped live dynamite sticks directly into the duo’s dive site.
Afterwards, Antiquerra’s and Belmonte’s companions heard and saw an explosion. Subsequently, the two floated to the surface, sustaining lacerations on various parts of their bodies.
Antiquerra was immediately rushed to Contreras Hospital in Rosario town by members of the Bantay Dagat but was pronounced dead on arrival. Belmonte, meanwhile, was brought to the Philippine General Hospital on Taft Avenue, Manila, where he is currently in critical condition.
Their companions, Darold Tamis, 19, Christopher Castino, 19, and Gerald Belmonte, 17, all residents of barangay Wawa 1 in Rosario town sustained minor wounds.
Esquivel cited reports that the suspects were on board a motorized boat tagged as “John Aldrin” when they dropped the dynamite into the sea.
According to the surviving victims, the suspects immediately fled toward Tanza town on board their motorized boat after the incident.
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard are currently investigating the incident.