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Mom swept away by floodwaters in Tinubdan Falls tragedy still missing

CATMON, Northern Cebu – A mother, who was among the three victims in a tragedy that struck Sunday afternoon, (September 26) at Tinubdan Falls in Barangay Tabili, Catmon town in Northern Cebu, was still missing.

Rescuers, who were already on their third day of ‘search and rescue operation,’ have already been losing hope that Jacel Alastra, 32, of Barangay Talangahan, barangay Tuburuan, is still alive.  

Three swimmers at Tinubdan Falls in Barangay Tabili, Catmon town, who were swept away by rampaging floodwaters went missing after the accident.

They were among the 17 members of the family and their relatives from a nearby Barangay Tuburan, who went outing to a neighboring barangay Tabili, where the famous destination, Tinubdan Falls, was situated.

Monterola’s body was found seven hours later near a spillway in Sitio Kansija, Barangay Flores also in Catmon town, 14 kilometers from the site of the tragedy, while the dead body of a 7-year-old Princess Alastra was found the following day in Sitio Kulo, barangay Duyan, 22 hours after she was swept away by the gush of water, along with her mom, Jacel Alastra, 32. Jacel was still missing since Sunday, the report said.


On actual video footage by a drone cam, which became viral on social media sites, the 7-year-old girl was turned over by a lady to her mom, and then she scampered for her own safety. In a few seconds, the mother, Jacel, and her daughter were swept away by rampaging waters.

Also on the actual video, it was Kent Jude Monterola who had already managed to escape from harm after he and his other companion runaways from the center of the floodwaters. Unfortunately for Kent, he stopped, went back, and stayed for still unknown reasons, until he was cornered by the raging body of floodwaters that already carried mud and fallen trees.


Police investigation disclosed that the Alastra’s (Jacel and her daughter) from the adjacent barangay of Tuburan, were with 15 other family members and their relatives, who went on an outing and swimming at the famous Tinubdan Falls in Catmon on Sunday when the tragedy came.

Barangay Tabili, where the famous spot Tinubdan Falls was located, was only 15 kilometers away from the town center, the MDNN research department learned.

The locals in the area, the report said, had already warned them of the possible flash floods but they continue their outing plan

“It was only drizzling in our area but it appears to be raining at the origin of the waterfalls. When it happened, we heard someone warn us of flooding. We noticed that the water in the area turned brown and two minutes later, it started to rain in our area. We did not anticipate the flooding coming because it was only drizzling then,” one of their companions Dolendo said in vernacular. ## 

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Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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