Cop dead, two others missing from Sendong’s wrath

MANILA, Philippines – One policeman died and two others were missing while authorities are conducting search and rescue operations at the height of typhoon Sendong that ravaged Nothern Mindanao over the weekend, officials said Monday.

PNP chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome, Jr., identified the policeman who perished during the search and rescue operation as SPO1 Charlon Edrote, assigned at Cagayan de Oro Police Office.

Bartolome said Edrote’s body was recovered Sunday night (December 18) some 48 hours he was reported missing.

Two other policemen, one of them a policewoman, were also reported missing.

The PNP chief named the missing policemen as Insp. Charlito Pinallar, assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion in Northern Mindanao, and Police Officer 2 Sandy Labadan of Iligan City police.

Bartolome expressed hope that the two missing policemen are still alive.

Senior Police Officer 2 Roque Balistoy was rescued after being swept by floodwaters to as far as Camiguin Island, Bartolome said.

The PNP chief added that they have shifted to retrieval operations while looking for over 800 people still missing in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

The PNP has also started a fund-raising project to raise money to help the victims.

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