Pilar, Camotes Island, Cebu: In one day, the Morenos lost five family members. They were among the passengers of the ill-fated M/B Kim Nirvana-B that sunk off the coast of Ormoc City around noontime on Thursday.
Only one of the six family members, who went to Ormoc City to accompany the youngest child and the family matriarch for a medical check up, returned home alive.
April Moreno, the lone survivor, said the body of her 8-month-old son John Michael was retrieved by crewmembers. They tried to revive him but failed.
She also lost her mother-in-law Sonia Moreno, 64, sister-in-law Roselle Moreno-Barcenas, 35, who was two months pregnant, nephew Simon Barcenas and niece Bryza Barcenas.
The husband of Roselle is Bryan, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council head.
April’s husband, Delfin Moreno Jr., is a seaman and is expected to arrive on July 9, Thursday.
On Saturday, 45 coffins were transported to Pilar town from Ormoc City onboard BRP Batangas.
Pilar Mayor Jesus Fernandez Jr. said 39 of the 60 casualties of the sunken ship are residents of Pilar. The remains were brought to the municipal gym where Father Ricky Bermudez led blessing rites and prayers before the coffins were turned over to their respective families.
The mayor said the council has approved a resolution to give financial assistance of P10,000 to each of the victims.