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MANILA, Philippines - At least 13 people died while two more remain missing as thousands flocked to churches and tourist spots during observance of the Holy Week, a monitoring report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday.
Most of the victims died due to drowning. They include 3-year old Janiesha Avril Inot Libadia, who drowned while playing near the shoreline of Bgy. Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union Saturday morning.
Romulo Garcia Flores, 55, also drowned while swimming at the Bauang River in Bgy. Boy-utan, Bauang, also in La Union, Saturday afternoon.
In Pangasinan, two boys aged 14 also drowned while playing along the shoreline of Bgy. Nibaliw West, San Fabian town Saturday afternoon. They were identified as Aron Ocampo and Bryan de Jesus.
The Holy Week observance was also marred by several vehicular accidents. Most of the 50 injured victims were caused by vehicular accidents in the areas of Cotabato, Tarlac, Cordillera and La Union.
In Tarlac, a total of nine persons were injured in road accidents in the towns of Gerona, Concepcion and Bamban.
Despite these incidents, the Philippine National Police still described the Holy Week observance as "generally peaceful."