Father recovers son’s head, right leg after crocodile attack in Balabac, Palawan
Marje Pelayo • August 14, 2019 • 1872
PALAWAN, Philippines – MIMAROPA Police reported on Wednesday (August 14) that a 10-year-old boy was attacked and bitten by a crocodile in the swampy waters of Sitio Tagpanasan in Barangay Salang, Balabac, Palawan on Sunday (August 11).
The incident happened when the victim, Milhasan Suraping, along with his brother Lokan (12) and sister Marlina (15) went to a store using a small boat.
Investigation revealed that the victim was sitting at the back of the boat when he was suddenly attacked and snapped by a crocodile.
The victim’s father, Robinsio Suraping, immediately reported the incident to Balabac Municipal Police and together with his neighbors, they conducted search and rescue until 1:00 AM the following day.
Personnel of Balabac MPS, DENR, MDRMO, PCG and SBU joined the search and rescue.
It was only on Tuesday (August 13) when fisherman Ajalong Amalong, a resident of Sition Odyong in Barangay Catagupan, found the victim’s head and right leg at the mangrove in the area of Sitio Tagpanasan.
After recovering and cleaning the boy’s body parts, Robinsio immediately buried his son’s remains. – MNP
Palawan is again hailed as the “best island in the world,” by international travel magazine Travel+Leisure.
“It’s dramatic at sea level, with mountains rising directly from the ocean palm-edged beaches. Though it’s difficult to reach from many parts of the world, once travelers get there they can dive in World War II wrecks, explore old-growth rain forests, and paddle one of the world’s longest subterranean rivers at Puerto Princesa,” according to Travel+Leisure magazine.
The magazine released its Top 25 Best Islands in the world on Wednesday (July 9), in which Palawan ranked first with a score 94.83. This is the fourth time the island topped the list.
One of the fans wrote, “The landscape and scenery are just gorgeous. It offers the most beautiful beaches, resorts, and scenery anywhere.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism celebrated Palawan’s recognition. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the “rehabilitation and sustainable development efforts last year, especially in El Nido and Coron, were well-received by tourists everywhere.” AAC
Tourism industry stakeholders agreed to help boost domestic travel by offering discounted airfare and hotel rates following a meeting with President Duterte.
“Come with me and be my travel companion. I’ll be traveling around the Philippines. Pasyal tayo dito sa atin. Unahin natin ‘yung atin. Mabuhay ang Pilipino. Mabuhay ang turismo ng Pilipinas,” Duterte said on his video message.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised the alarm over consumption of shellfish and ‘alamang’ from the coastal waters of Palawan and several areas in the Visayas due to high level of red tide toxin.
Based on the latest laboratory results, the level of paralytic shellfish poison is beyond regulatory limit in the coastal waters of the following:
Puerto Princesa Bay (Palawan)
Puerto Princesa City (Palawan)
Tagbilaran City (Bohol)
Irong-irong Bay (Western Samar)
Cancato Bay, Tacloban City (Leyte)
Lianga Bay (Surigao del Sur)
Meanwhile, high level of red tide toxin is present in the waters of:
Carigara Bay (Leyte)
San Pedro Bay (Western Samar)
“All types of shellfish and Acetes s. or alamang gathered from the areas stated above are NOT SAFE for human consumption,” the BFAR said in its advisory.
The agency added, however, that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs in the area are safe for human consumption provided that they are “fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.”
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