What was supposed to be a fun day for actresses Bianca Manalo, Ehra Madrigal, her husband Tom Yeung, and Mayor Jonathan Tan of Pandan, Antique suddenly turned into a day of tragedy.
The three were on a speedboat with other passengers when a huge wave hit the vessel and capsized in the open ocean.
According to Jesus Aguirre Dioso, the public relations officer of the said municipality, aside from the above-mentioned names, Majel Tresche, Torebeo Barrentos, two minors, and one unidentified woman also managed to survive the tragic incident. However, Bennie Dable, the driver of the speedboat who also happened to be the bodyguard and a relative of the mayor was pronounced dead upon arrival at the nearest hospital.
Because of the incident, many netizens were wondering why the celebrities were with the mayor.
Dionisio revealed that the celebrities were friends of Mayor Tan, and the latter was supposed to tour them on the Mararison Island, a well-known tourist destination of the town. He said:
Dionisio also explained that he was supposedly one of those who will go on tour. However, he opted to travel by land instead of boarding the boat.
“The boat capsized at 10:50 a.m., they arrived in the shoreline at 1:45 p.m. Mayor Tan and Torebeo Barrentos swam for more than 2 hours going to the shoreline. Fishermen saw them and helped them. Mayor Tan went onboard a pump boat and went back to where the boat capsized and checked on the situation of his friends.”
Moreover, Sr. Inspector Glen Jaromay, police officer-in-charge, explained that the reason why it took quite some time before the victims were rescued was that the incident was reported to the Sebaste police station already past one o’clock in the afternoon. It was only then that they were able to conduct a search and rescue operation on the area.
“The waves were quite big and the wind was gusty. The speedboat was hit by waves and it capsized,” Jaromay said.
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