2 DEAD IN BLACK NAZARENE PROCESSION

2 DEAD IN BLACK NAZARENE PROCESSION

MANILA — Two devotees died while hundreds were treated for various ailments and injuries in Saturday’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene in Manila.

This was confirmed by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) head Gwendolyn Pang.

Citing reports, one of the fatality was one of devotees who accompanied the float of the Black Nazarene in the initial part of the procession.

The victim, a 27-year-old resident of Sampaloc, was declared dead at 11:40 a.m.

While the other victim died prior to the start of the procession, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported.

Chief Insp. Kimberly Molitas, NCRPO spokesperson, identified the fatality as 48-year-old Mauro Arabit, a resident of Evangelista St., Quiapo.

He was declared dead on arrival at 3 a.m. by attending doctors at the Dr. Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Investigators are still determining the exact cause of death of the victims. PNA / northboundasia.com