MALUNGON, SARANGANI- A pickup truck fell off a cliff, claiming five lives in Sitio Basak, Barangay Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani province on Wednesday night.
The victims were identified as Euds Elie Elambre, 19, Peddy Cabahug, Kenneth Ycay, 16, and Syan Greffeth Jaleco, 18. They died on the spot.
The driver, Lyndel Rey Palec, was brought to a hospital but died Thursday afternoon.
The victims were from Barangay Malandag bound for Barangay Banahaw to attend a fiesta.
“Pinuntahan lang ako sa bahay, ganun ang nangyari. Nadisgrasya daw sa motor na ‘di ko alam. Akala ko motor lang. Nang pumunta ako dito, yun nalaman ko lang na kasama dun sa apat ang anak ko,” said Edgar Ycay, Kenneth’s father and a former kagawad of the barangay.
“Syempre masakit sa amin pero tanggapin na lang namin kasi baka diyan na lang talaga siya,” said Jenebeth Barbero, aunt of Syan Greffeth Jaleco.
Police investigation showed that Palec lost control of the vehicle on the curved part of the highway.
Police are also investigating information that the victims were intoxicated before they decided to go to the fiesta.
“Conduct pa kami ng investigation kung galing talaga sila sa inuman papuntang... galing sila ng Malandag, papunta sila ng Barangay Banahaw,” PO3 Bonifacio Raformena said.
The pickup truck was registered to Boyet Constantino, who promised to give assistance to the victims' kin.
He is an uncle of Mayor Tess Constantino of Malungon.