American, girlfriend, found dead in Palawan.
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (PNA) - A United States national and his Filipino girlfriend from Siaton, Negros Oriental, who were missing at sea along with four other male companions, were found dead over the weekend in Barangay Mangsee, Balabac in Palawan.
A report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial office of Negros Oriental confirmed that the two cadavers that were found on board a motor boat at the seashore of Brgy. Mangsee, Balabac were those of Bradley Jay Fugate, 44 years old, of California, U.S.A., and Cristina Tamondog Andig, 19, of Brgy. Maloh, Siaton, this province.
Sr. Supt. Reynold Andot, Deputy Provincial Police Director for Operations, said a radio message was received by PNP-Negros Oriental from the Balabac Municipal Police Station on Sunday regarding the discovery of the two persons who went missing since they left Siaton, Negros Oriental last February 13.
Andot also confirmed that the Siaton Municipal Police Station had received a call from the Philippine Navy regarding the sighting of the motor boat with the corpses on board in Brgy. Mangsee, Balabac in Palawan last Sunday.
Another report received by the PNP Regional Office 7 (PRO-7) in Cebu City said a certain fisherman, identified as Jun Tamayo, reported to the Coast Guard detachment in Brgy. Mangsee at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday that he discovered a motor boat filled with water with two decomposing bodies in it.
The motor boat was towed to shore in front of the Coast Guard detachment for investigation but no one from the island of Balabac was able to identify the bodies.
However, a wallet, which was among the articles recovered from the motor boat, contained identification cards of the U.S. citizen, the police report said.
Other items recovered were one Apple tablet, one shoulder bag with wallet and ID cards of Fugate, one Motorola cellphone, two flashlights, one wristwatch and one backpack bag, which are now in the custody of the Mangsee barangay secretary.
The cadavers were immediately buried at the Mangsee Christian Cemetery but their exhumation is being requested of Palawan Crime Laboratory Office by the Balabac police.
Sr. Supt. Andot said the Siaton police have already informed members of the family of Cristina Andig and who are considering going to Balabac, Palawan.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the four other companions of Fugate and Andig are still unknown.
To recall, Fugate and Andig, along with Roseldo Andig, Jovie Fundador, Rey Tamondoc Benetes and Elmer Sabroso, set sail last February 13 from Maloh, Siaton to go on a "tuna fishing" expedition, police reports had said.