The search and retrieval operations for victims of the ill-fated motor banca that capsized in Ormoc Bay have ended almost one week after the incident.
According to the report from the Incident Command post in Ormoc City, the number of fatalties in the sinking of M/B Kim Nirvana-B remains at 62 while 158 survived as of Wednesday. However, five passengers are still missing.
The missing persons are: 8-year-old Angela de la Cruz, a mother and child surnamed Luchavez, John Adrian Lorona and Francis Noah Borinaga who are all residents of Pilar town in Camotes Island, Cebu province.
Of the 62 bodies recovered, one man who is believed to be around 60 years old remains unidentified.
On the other hand, Pilar Mayor Jesus Fernandez wonders why Ormoc police filed multiple murder charges against the crew of the ill-fated vessel.
“As far as I understand the legal aspect murder coincides with the intent to kill. But their situation did not coincide with it. That’s why homicide through reckless imprudence is the nearest complaint against them,” he said.
Meanwhile, the town of Pilar declared a state of calamity and state of mourning for the death of more than 40 of its residents.
Town Vice Mayor Eli B. Borinaga said in a phone interview the declaration of the town’s state of calamity was done through a special session held a day after the tragic incident occurred.
The state of mourning was declared during their regular session on Monday.
With the declaration of state of calamity, the town is given the authority to use its calamity fund.
The town social work office has already distributed food packs to the victims, he said.