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2 die in Apalit fluvial procession

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The image of St. Peter, revered as Apung Iro, is taken from his shrine in Barangay Sulipan to the Pampanga River for a procession to the parish church. Photo from Gov. Dennis Pineda’s FB page

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Two devotees joining the fluvial procession in celebration of the feast of St. Peter in Apalit town were killed after the motorized banca they were riding on hit a high-tension wire of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines around 2 p.m. June 28. 

A police report of the “electrocution accident” along the Barangay Sulipan stretch of the Pampanga River identified one of the fatalities as alias Nyote Ponsenes, about 40 years old, helper and native of Manila. The other, also male, about 25-30 years old has remained unidentified. 

Four others who sustained minor injuries were identified in the police report as Maria Christina Javier-Torres, 58, native of Matabungcay, Lian, Batangas and resident of Barangay Sucad, Apalit; Mia Franz Simbulan y Alfaro, 11, and Dwayne Cortez y Mandap, 11, also of Barangay Sucad, Apalit; and Elizabeth Figueras Javier, 41, of Matabungcay, Lian, Batangas.      

Initial police investigation showed that a “protruding metal portion” of the motorized banca the victims were riding on hit a high-tension cable of the NGCP which caused the motor to explode resulting to panic and eventual electrocution of those on board. 

The injured were brought to Premier Hospital and ASCCOM Hospital for medical treatment while the unidentified fatality is still subject for identification.

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