MANILA - Students of Bulacan State University have shared photos of the drowning of several BSU students during a field trip in San Miguel, Bulacan last Tuesday.
Photos shared by Diolo Niño Santos showed the students clinging to each other while in the middle of the raging river.
In his Facebook post, Santos denied that the students had gone swimming in the raging river, which caused them to drown.
"Eto pruweba o! Bulag na lang kayo pag di niyo pa nakita! Walang balsa na ginamit yung mga nastranded! At kung akala nyo nagswimming kami, mali kayo. Sinong tanga ang gagawa nun sa ganyang lagay!" he said.
The bodies of students Mikhail Alcantara, Phil Rodney Alejo, Michelle Ann Rose Bonzo, and Helena Marcelo were recovered on Tuesday afternoon. The following day, the remains of Jenette Rivera and Madel Navarro were found.
The remains of the seventh victim, identified as Maiko Bartolme, were found Thursday morning.
Two other students who also crossed the river, identified as Daniel Cunanan and Thea Hernandez, survived.
Authorities said water in the river was about knee-deep when the students decided to cross it. However, raging waters from the mountain rushed down the river, sweeping the students away.
Engr. Ronald Liveta, officer-in-charge of the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) Office of Student Development and Services, said CHED-Region 3 will dispatch staff members to conduct an investigation to determine whether school officials should be held liable for the mishap.
He said a CHED memorandum order (CMO) was issued in 2012 ordering schools to ensure that the parents of the students are informed about such trips.