Duterte might visit victims of Iloilo-Guimaras sea tragedy

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2019 04:52 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2019 05:17 PM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte will likely visit the families of the victims of the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait tragedy, which left at least 28 people dead.

“Given the character and style of the president, that's a probability. Meanwhile, we condole with the families of the victims that perished in those mishaps,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said Monday.

Duterte has also directed the Philippine Coast Guard, the Maritime Industry Authority and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to assist the victims of the tragedy.

Investigators said a squall or sudden violent winds likely forced 3 ferries to capsize off the central island of Guimaras and Iloilo provinces over the weekend.

Following the incident, the Palace ordered the PCG, MARINA, and the NDRRMC to "refine their coordination efforts in safeguarding the security of the public especially during this rainy season."

Panelo also extended the Palace's condolences to the families of the fatalities.

"The Palace expresses its sincerest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the people who died at sea following the capsizing of 3 vessels due to strong waves produced by a squall while in transit from Iloilo City to Guimaras," Panelo said in a statement.