ILOCOS SUR - A construction worker died from drowning in a river in Bantay town here on Wednesday.
Melchor Rubianes, 30, was gathering stones in the Abra river when his companions saw him drowning. Initial attempts to rescue Rubianes failed.
Disaster officials later recovered his body from the river.
"Labis ang sakit na aking nararamdaman sa pagkawala niya lalo’t hindi ko na siya palaging nakikita nang makapangasawa na siya," said the victim's father, Pedro Rubianes Jr.
(I feel so much pain at his loss, especially because was not able to see him often when he got married.)
Authorities reminded the public not to swim in bodies of water they are not familiar with to avoid accidents.