BATANGAS — When Taal Volcano erupted on Sunday, Filipinos from all walks of life have been hand in hand in offering help to our displaced countrymen. In times like this, the “Bayanihan Spirit” prevails.
Unfortunately, two students who wanted to help lost their lives in a vehicular accident in Barangay Banay Banay, Lipa City on January 13.
Both Rio John Abel and Maximino Alcantara III died in the accident whilst on the way to bring relief goods to the affected people.
Batangas Fire Officer 1 Rhobell Flores Aguilera confirmed the tragic loss of the students.
“We had a call around 2 a.m. from our station in Batangas City, involving a vehicular accident and said that they need extrication tools and equipment in order for the victims to be extricated, Aguilera said.
“Both victims were in their 20s and were on their way to deliver relief goods,” he added.
The victims were inside the vehicle when the accident happened.
“Bumangga sa likod ng 10-wheeler truck,” Officer Aguilera said in Filipino, adding that BFP SRU Batangas needed to use tools and equipment to extract the victims who were inside the car.
Although getting the victims out from the wreck was not an easy task, Aguilera said they didn’t give up.
Meanwhile, the Batangas State University Files Facebook admin offered prayers to Rio and Maximo.
“A moment of silence and prayers for this (these) two beautiful souls who died last night due to car accident after the donations were delivered to the areas that was (were) really impacted by the eruptions,” the post said.
“You have the choice to stay with your families but opted to be with those people who are in need of help. You will be missed but your contributions will always be remembered. Condolences to their families” the post further stated.
UPDATE: Abel and Alcantara died on the spot (Tuesday). Meanwhile, Mr. Darwin Lajara who was still taken to the hospital, succumbed to injuries Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the accident to three.
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