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Van Falls Into Benguet Ravine- Again

Six people died after the van they are riding fell into 300-foot ravine at Kilometer 43 in Atok, Benguet on January 27, 2013.

The victims were identified as Lawrence Bondad, Kyla Galino Rondales, Jyunanrie Galino, Raquel Galino, Claring Pacsi Abalos, and Febelyn Galino Garcia.

Others inside the van were injured.

The victims were supposed to head to Tadian, Mountain Province for the wake of their relative.

This is unimaginable, extremely wicked to the family members of the victims. Anyone aware of this news would exclaim “where was God that time!”

The news is very sad, but very boring. This is not the first time that we hear about a vehicle falling into ravine in the Cordilleras. Last December, 22 were injured after their truck fell into ravine in Abra.

However, vehicular accidents in our region are always unsettled. We always credit “extra” reasons for incidents like these. Most of the time, the driver of an unfortunate car claims to have seen a ghost or someone pushing the car to the unsafe side of the road.

As people who have grown with these beliefs, we depend on this kind of testimony. We ask no further questions. We assume the statement is valid.  Because we were primed to just obey.

We do not think about considering the very dangerous condition of the road, the drunk or poorly-trained driver, the unruly and panicky passengers, and the unrepaired parts of the vehicle used.

However, we must admit that traversing Benguet via Halsema (oh now, it is the only road we use when we are in Benguet) is really risky. The fog there is very thick especially at night time. Ravines are everywhere. Yet, we use Halsema because it is the only choice we are left with.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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