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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 21, 2019
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Four still missing


The two fishermen, both minors, who went missing while fishing in the waters of Pulupandan in Negros Occidental, Thursday, have not been found up to last night.

Lt. Commander Ludovico Librilla, Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental commander, they have not received any report about the whereabouts of brothers Roben, 17, and Romell, 15, both surnamed Palmera.

The minors failed to return home after they ventured out in the sea, and only their damaged fishing boat was recovered in the nearby town of Valladolid, Negros Occidental, Librilla said.

Relatives of the Palmeras received information that they had been found in Guimaras, but when they went there, it was found out to be a hoax.

Meanwhile, the two other missing fishermen, Lupin Desposo, 43, and Sixto Tiangao, 30, of Barangay Punta Taytay in Bacolod, whose fishing boat was rammed by an unidentified vessel at the Iguana Bank off Guimaras, on January 3, have also not been found yet.

Erwin Mansueto, 54, who had been rescued, told the Coast Guard that he and his companions were fishing in the waters off Guimaras when an unidentified vessel rammed their motor banca, causing it to break and capsize.*


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