Banaue-bound Korean missing for days

Mae Angelei Daos Cornes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 19 2017 06:51 PM

MT. PROVINCE – A Korean traveler who had planned to go to Banaue was reported missing, police said. 

Sungkyu Choi, a Korean national, reportedly checked out from an inn at Barlig, Mt Province last June 9 and has not been seen since.

Residents who claimed to have spoken with Choi, said the traveler planned to go to Batad, Banaue, Ifugao through Mt. Amuyao.

Police last communicated with Choi on June 13. 

“Sabi niya [Choi] nanghihina na siya, at nasa lugar siya na maraming pine trees,” said Police Chief Inspector Carolina Lacuata.

On June 14, Choi informed the Korean Embassy that he was still alive.

Police and barangay officials have since been searching for Choi, even using drones but to no avail. On June 19, they used K9 units for the search and rescue.

Photo courtesy of Barlig MPS

“They will start dun sa last place na nakita siya,” said Lacuata.

Mountaineering has been one of the major activities of tourists in Cordillera.

Experienced mountaineers usually advise tourists to prepare, learn how to use compass and read maps. In case one gets lost, experts say the tourist must go to the highest point. 

“Pumunta sa highest point, duon madaling makita, or hanapin yung ilog and i-follow mo yun, panigurado may bahay dun along the river, hindi din dapat paiba iba ng pwesto, dahil maghahanapan lang kayo ng rescuers,” said Xez Zulueta of Lagalag Exploration.