11 Pinoys missing in NZ quake presumed dead

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2011 10:55 AM | Updated as of Mar 04 2011 04:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday that the 11 Filipinos who went missing after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand are presumed dead.

In an interview with ANC, acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said “[the New Zealand] foreign minister called to confirm that 11 Filipino nationals may be presumed lost, and he wished to convey his government’s condolences to the families of the deceased.”

The foreign minister also added “that the search mode may be considered as having expired and a recovery mode will soon be declared,” he added.

The agency identified the 11 missing Filipinos as:

Jessie Lloyd Redoble,
John Kristoffer Chua,
Ezra Mae Medalle,

Emmabelle Anoba,
Jewel Francisco,
Ivy Jane Cabunilas,

Mary Louise Anne Amantillo,
Valquin Bensurto,
Rhea Mae Sumalpong,

Erica Nora, and,
Lalaine Agatep.

In a phone interview, DFA spokesman Ed Malaya said the government will continue to coordinate with government officials in New Zealand to recover the bodies of the Filipinos.