DAVAO CITY — The search and rescue team in Mt. Diwata, Monkayo, Compostela Valley province on Monday retrieved three bodies inside the Australia Tunnel that collapsed after a water source exploded, causing underground flash flood.
A police report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 11, revealed the identities of the fatalities as Gelbert Bayot, Reynate Gimeno and Reymart Pegaret. The body of Ernesto Loquina was first retrieved with the help of the residents hours after the tragedy on Sunday morning.
Police reported that six miners have been rescued while three are still trapped. Those rescued were Alberto Agyang, Oliver Uganap, Aljun Dumalaga, Carlito Morado, Angelito Tonio and Pepe Mendoza. Still missing are Bryan Monsoon, Roel Dacaldacal and Richard Monsoon.
The Australia Tunnel Management and Barangay Captain Pedro Semillano reported the incident to the authorities. The initial information revealed that a water source exploded and flowed into the Las Vegas Tunnel in Sitio Depo, Upper Ulip, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.
The barangay continues to conduct search and rescue operation for the three miners still missing. LILIAN MELLEJOR/PNA/northboundasia.com