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PIA Press Release
2008/08/29

11 more fatalities of typhoon Frank identified via DNA test

Cebu City (29 August) -- Eleven more fatalities of Typhoon 'Frank' most of which were from the sunken MV Princess of the Stars have been positively identified through DNA testing, the Disaster Victim Identification - Information Management Center (DVI-IMC) issued in a faxed statement.

The 11 newly-confirmed and DNA-assisted identifications are: Demenciano T. Alvarado (37 y.o., Tondo, Manila), Raul P. Apat (46, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte), Sheena Mae S. Boltron (19, Sulangan, Bantayan Island, Cebu), Luzviminda Coyoca (50, Ipil Sibugay, Zamboanga), Gregorio T. Dela Cruz (32, Ipil Sibugay, Zamboanga);

Jeriuna A. Himaya (25, Ipil Sibugay, Zamboanga), Marites B. Juanico (28, Bunga Dawin, Negros Oriental), Geraldine S. Oca (35, Opon, Lapu-lapu City), Adones B. Quiñanola (26, Brgy. Looc Purok Dama de Noche, Lapu-lapu City), Sheva P. Romarate (28, Wawa, Nasugbu, Batanga) and Carmen A. Tambiga (51, Sambog 2, Guadalupe, Cebu).

The identified victims are the second batch of names released by the DVI-IMC. Last week, they also released some 14 names of casualties from Typhoon'Frank.'

There are currently a total of 35 DNA-assisted identifications that have been released so far, as contained in the same faxed statement.

The Interpol's Incident Response Team is taking all efforts to identify at the soonest possible time, all victims of Typhoon Frank whose bodies have been recovered. But on how fast the cadavers could be identified however, depends on the amount of DNA material made available to forensic experts, this is learned.

DNA-assisted forensic examinations require blood samples from the victims' relatives to guarantee the proper identification of their loves ones.

Forensic experts from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Interpol are expected to stay in Cebu until January next year until all victims of Typhoon 'Frank' have been positively identified, this is said.

DVI-IMC is urging families of Typhoon 'Frank' victims who have not yet given blood samples for DNA testing to do so and to immediately call the following telephone numbers (032) 416-5025 or 253-8730 for detailed instructions on the identification procedure. The given contact numbers are manned five days in a week from Monday to Friday starting from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Families whose loved ones have been identified will be contacted by the NBI or the police for further instructions before they could claim the remains of their kin.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Chief Gen. Ronald Roderos said the Philippine Air Force (PAF) can request the services of the Interpol for blood sampling of the families or relatives of the nine missing crew members of the recent C-130 military transport plane that crashed into the waters 2.5 nautical miles southwest of Samal Island in Southern Mindanao.

Roderos suggested for the PAF to write the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council where the latter would endorse their request to the Interpol. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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