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Negrense missing in
Tacloban, 5 return

BY CARLA GOMEZ

A firefighter-mechanic of the Civil Aviation Administration of the Philippines at the Bacolod-Silay Airport is missing in Tacloban.

Missing is Sabo Espina, an expert in firetrucks, who had been issued a travel order to go to the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban to repair a firetruck, Bacolod-Silay Airport manager Mecine Reyes said yesterday.

He had been there for about a week and was supposed to return to Negros, the day after typhoon “Yolanda” hit on November 8.

Espina’s companion, Eliseo Cagoy, who also works at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, survived and has returned to Negros, she said.

Cagoy told Reyes he and Espina were standing in front of the power plant at the Tacloban airport Friday morning when a sudden surge of water brought on by “Yolanda” hit them.

They were both washed away by the water but he was able to hold on to a tree, Cagoy said.

When the water subsided, Espina was nowhere to be found.

Reyes said CAAP is exerting all efforts to find Espina. She said his son, Mark, also went to Tacloban to search for him and has since returned to Negros.

Meanwhile, four more Negrenses were able to fly out of Tacloban on a commercial flight Monday and arrived in Bacolod City on Wednesday.

They are Robert Nemenzo, Dionisio Salvador, Steve Chua and Norberto Lopez of Steel Art Billboards, who were doing work for their company in Tacloban, when the super typhoon hit.

“We are very grateful to God for bringing them home safe and sound, despite the horrifying experience they had in Marasbaras, Tacloban, where they were swept by raging waters,” their co-worker, Kecille Ann Alova, said yesterday.

“They experienced hunger and thirst for three days but God was really good for giving them refuge and help to contact us despite the loss of communication,” she added.

She said the four were able to sell shoes they found to raise enough money to buy tickets to fly out of Tacloban.

Their company provided the tickets they needed to fly from Cebu to Bacolod.*CPG

 

 

 

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