Two kids die in Asturias fire
A MOTHER’S decision to leave her two children at home to get a salary in “taboan” proved costly for the mother when her children died after a fire razed her house in Barangay Mangguiao, Asturias town.
Fire Insp. Arra Fajardo, Balamban Fire Station head, said yesterday that the burned remains of the two children, whose ages are two years old and five years old, were found in the razed house.
Mark Supaton, Asturias Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head identified the children as Marilyn and Simar Franz Palicte.
Supaton said that the house is located in the interior part of the mountain barangays where neighbors are several meters away from the house.
Supaton said that the parents Maria and Francisco Palicte were allegedly not in the house when the fire happened.
“The mother was allegedly in ‘taboan’ to get a salary. The area is two kilometers away from their house,” Supaton said.
Senior Insp. Jade Sumagat of the Asturias Police Station also said that the kids were reportedly locked inside the house.
A dyAb report said that the mother decided to leave the children alone in the house because it was raining and she tied a rope on the door to lock it so that they would not play outside.
Sumagat said that a neighbor later discovered that Palicte’s house was already gutted by fire.
“Nakabantay ang silingan dako na ang kayo, lisud na tabangon. Lagyo sad ang mga balay (A neighbor found out later that the house was on fire and it was already difficult to help put it out),” Supaton added.
Asturias has no fire station, the nearest fire substation is the neighboring town of Balamban.
Supaton added that the house was just made of a light material that’s why the whole house was immediately burned down. POLICE and the local government of Ronda, a southwestern town 63 km from Cebu City, have made headway in their campaign against illegal drugs and loose firearms after one of the provincial police’s high-value targets surrendered, and government officials and residents turned over to police 95 short and long firearms in a month’s time.
The surrender of Jeric “AAY” Torres, who was allegedly a leader of an armed group in the town, would make the town more peaceful, said Supt. Joie Yape Jr., concurrent chief of the Ronda Police Station.
Yape said he hoped that Torres’ surrender would also make Francisco Omboy, another alleged leader of an armed group in the town, to also give himself up.
Torres told CEBU DAILY NEWS in an interview yesterday that he surrendered and turned over his guns because he wanted to live peacefully and that is the reason he heeded calls from the town and police officials for him to surrender.
Yape said that Torres was one of those included in the list of high-value targets of the Cebu Provincial Police Office.
He said that with Torres’ surrender, the quarrel between Omboy and Torres families would be resolved.
Yape said that Torres and Omboy are related and their families had not been on good terms.
Yape also showed his gratitude to the Ronda municipal government officials led by Mayor Mariano Blanco and Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab for their cooperation in supporting his efforts to make the town peaceful.
Yesterday, during Ronda’s town fiesta, 522 drug surrenderers, who underwent the town’s community based drug rehabilitation program, were presented.