Body of 64-year-old man found in GenSan irrigation canal

Chai Tabunaway, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2016 12:45 AM

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — The body of a 64-year-old man was found in an irrigation canal in Purok Santo Niño, Barangay San Jose, General Santos City.

The man was identified as Armando Empal, a retired employee of Dole company and a resident of Purok Lumbang, Barangay San Jose.

According to Police Chief Inspector Mae Grace Licudan, of Police Station 7, the victim was last seen taking a bath at the irrigation canal but after a sudden surge of water, the victim disappeared. 

The police believe the water surge carried the victim for approximately one kilometer before hitting some rocks.

Licudan said there was no foul play involved.

"Wala namang foul na nangyari according sa (Scene of the Crime Operatives). Siguro nadala ng tubig, malakas 'yung current ng tubig kasi alam natin ngayon na palaging umuulan kaya malakas ang tubig sa irigasyon," she said.