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Responder drowns 

Swimmer finds 18-year-old’s body in Talomo River 

A BARANGAY responder’s body was found at Talomo River in Wellspring Highlands Phase 3, Catalunan Pequeño, on Tuesday afternoon, June 6.

Major Catherine Dela Rey, Davao City Police Office spokesperson, identified him as Cleven Joseph Rabuya, 18, single, and a resident of Km. 12, Catalunan Pequeño.

In an interview on Wednesday, Dela Rey said the victim was positively identified by his father.

According to the report, Rabuya was found by an individual who went swimming in the river. He was caught by a rock, which prevented the current from sweeping him downstream. He then called the purok leader for assistance. 

Moreover, the witness said that he and his friends did not find the body earlier, even if they were already swimming the day before. There were no CCTV cameras installed in the surrounding area.

Dela Rey quoted the father as saying that his son asked permission to go to Tagum City on May 27 but failed to return since. 

As of this writing, Dela Rey said the Baliok Police Station is still conducting a follow-up investigation into the incident.

His remains were brought to Villa-Gan Funeral Homes and Services at GTH Toril for autopsy and funeral service.

No injuries from street floodings

Meanwhile, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported no casualties and injuries during the reported street flooding incidents, ranging from knee to waist deep, on the eve of June 5 to the dawn of June 6. 

In a Wednesday interview, CDRRMO head Alfredo Baloran said the affected areas were Laverna Hills, C.P. Garcia Road, Barangay Cabantian; the main road of NHA Buhangin, Buhangin Proper; Talisay Street, Buhangin Proper; Watusi Street, Buhangin Proper; New San Isidro, Buhangin Proper; Sandawa, Spring Valley, Buhangin Proper; Underpass, Diversion Road, Buhangin Proper; Carpenter Street, in Barangay Leon Garcia Sr.; and Old San Isidro, Buhangin Proper.

The affected streets in Poblacion District are R. Magsaysay Avenue corner Suazo Street, Barangay 30-D; Pelayo Street corner Bonifacio Street, Barangay 3-A; Torres Street corner Jacinto Street, Barangay 11-B; V. Mapa Street, Barangay 12-B; and J.P. Laurel Street corner Sta. Ana Avenue, Barangay 30-C.

Meanwhile, four canal overflows were also recorded in Purok YCF, Barangay San Antonio, Purok Freedom, Barangay San Antonio; Purok West Saint Anthony, Barangay San Antonio; and Purok Sarphil, Barangay Wilfredo Aquino.

A family of seven from New San Isidro, Barangay Buhangin Proper, sought shelter at the Barangay Gym as the water level reached waist-deep in their house. They returned to their house when the water subsided.


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