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ILOILO CITY – At least 28 people were confirmed dead and five passengers still missing after three motorized bancas capsized in the waters of Iloilo on Saturday, August 3.

The boats MB Chi-Chi and Keziah 2 capsized after being hit by strong gusts of wind. Hours after the first incident, pump boat MB Jenny Vince also capsized in the same area.

Chi-Chi had at least 53 passengers while MB Jenny Vince had 34 people on board.

In an exclusive interview of Bombo Radyo with Senior Chief Petty Officer Marlon Buenavista, substation commander of Philippine Coast Guard Dumangas, he confirmed that a total of 96 people were on board the three capsized pump boat.

Bodies were also found inside the boat while others were carried out to the shore of coastal barangays.

Data from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Guimaras showed a total of 86 passengers, 75 were in the manifesto while 11 names were not officially listed./ with reports from Bombo Radyo Iloilo; edited by Bombo Sol Marquez.