Vol. XX No. 48

February 07, 2001

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Farmer loses lifein flooded river

The body of a farmer who tried to cross a flooded river in San Miguel town and was believed to have drowned last Jan. 30 was found two days later on a seashore in the capital town.

San Miguel police said that at about 3 P.M. of Jan. 30, Amaleo Terrazola, 62, married and a farmer from barangay Buhi, was at the riverbank at barangay Obo when, at the height of heavy rain, he decided to cross the already flooded river. He was trying to get to Buhi to tend to his cattle and carabaos.

Information gathered by operatives say that Terrazola was cautioned against swimming across the river and just to wait for the banca but the plea fell on deaf ears. He was never seen again and was believed to have drowned. A rescue operation was launched by authorities and his relatives to recover the farmer's body.

On Feb. 1 at about 6 A.M. in the capital town, Antipolo del Norte barangay captain Diego Araojo reported to police that a certain Emerenciana Samar, 46, told him that an unidentified dead male person was found at the seashore.

A team of policemen led by SPO4 Romeo Vargas went to the barangay and confirmed the report. The body, which was half-naked and wearing only a green T-shirt, was reportedly identified by relatives as that of Terrazola.

In another development, four fishermen were arrested the other week in San Andres town for catching fish by illegal means in a restricted zone.

PO2 Michael Tagle, assisted by Bantay Dagat member Mumberto Samudio of Codon, caught Luis Briquillo, 30, Ruben Toledo, 26, Ricky Briquillo, 27, and Melchor Toledo, 26, all of Cabcab, in the act of using a fine-mesh net at the Agojo point fish sanctuary at about 1 A.M. of Jan. 26.

The four were subsequently charged of violation of Section 4 of Municipal Ordinance No. 4, series of 1999, before the Municipal Trial Court.


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