The misery that the family of the missing 10-year-old boy and his 63-year-old grandfather was somehow relieved after the boy’s body was found in a river in Antipolo City, Monday morning (November 16).
The foul odor coming from the river in Lower Kilingan of Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City led to the recovery of the body of Alvin Vicente at around 7 a.m. on Monday, or four days after the boy and his grandfather Francisco went missing on November 12 at the height of Typhoon “Ulysses.”
The young Vicente’s aunt, Jocelyn Corado told Manila Bulletin that their family’s grief has remained but seeing the recovered body of her nephew has somehow alleviated their four-day sorrow, with the older Vicente’s condition remains unknown.
The two went missing after the eldest daughter of Francisco rushed to Antipolo on the morning of November 12. She saw some parts of her father’s makeshift house along with some of his personal belongings from among the branches of trees swept by floodwater and mud some distance away from where the shanty was supposed to be located in Upper Kilingan in Barangay San Jose.
“Kinutuban kasi ako. Hindi ako nakatulog dahil inaalala ko ang kalagayan ng tatay ko kasi nasa bundok yung bahay niya (I had an intuition. I could not sleep since I have been thinking about the safety of my father whose house is in a mountainous area),” Layca Vicente, who lives in Manila, said.
The Antipolo City Rescue Team and Barangay San Jose Rescue Team conducted search and retrieval operations since the incident was reported to the barangay but their efforts yielded negative results.
Mayor Andrea Bautista Ynares, in her text message sent through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head, Relly Bernardo on November 15, has assured the family of the missing persons that the city government continues “to exhaust all means” to help locate the two.
The CDRRMO has coordinated their search and retrieval operation with other towns, the Philippine Coast Guard, and barangays hoping that other rescue teams could locate the missing city residents.
Layca said her father and the 10-year-old boy have been staying in the shanty for more than three years now when her parents separated a few years ago.
It was also her father’s choice to live in the upland since his passion is into vegetable and fruit farming and taking care of two carabaos.
She visited her father on November 1 and 2 and even urged him to come with her but he refused her offer saying that he did not want to leave farming.
As of this posting, the older Vicente remains missing.