ILOCOS NORTE - A 16-year-old boy drowned in a river in Laoag City on Wednesday.
The victim, Michael Cesista, went to the river near his house in Barangay Zamboanga to swim with a friend.
His father, Francis Cesista, said Michael swam to the deeper part of the river and eventually drowned.
His companion sought for help and Francis was the one who responded and recovered Michael’s lifeless body.
Michael was brought to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
“Malaking kawalan siya sa akin, dahil siya ang katulungan ko sa bukid,” Francis said.
(He is a big loss to me because he helps me in our farm.)