MANILA - Fifty-six people died in drowning incidents, road accidents and crimes during the Holy Week break, the Philippine National Police said Monday.
Of the total fatalities, 45 drowned while 8 died in vehicular accidents, PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde said in a statement.
The last 3 fatalities died due to stabbing, shooting and electrocution, he added.
Another 128 people were injured in 88 separate accidents, he said.
The incidents highlight the need for enhancing road safety awareness, reviewing road engineering features, and including swimming skills as part of the physical education curriculum in schools, said Albayalde.
Despite the tallied fatalities, the PNP chief deemed the Holy Week "generally peaceful, without any significant untoward incident in the magnitude of a national emergency."
Some 24,700 officers were deployed to main thoroughfares, transport terminals and other strategic locations, he added.
The Holy Week holidays commemorate the passion and death of Jesus Christ.
With a report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News