Ang Probinsyano party-list aids kin of victims in Bohol bridge mishap

Published May 1, 2022, 4:17 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

The Ang Probinsyano party-list visited and extended financial assistance to the relatives of the victims of the bridge that collapsed in Loay, Bohol last April 27.

Representative Edward Delos Santos visited the family of fatality Arniel Cilos, a tourist driver, and offered some immediate burial assistance as well as scholarships for their three children.

Arniel’s wife, Maricel, expressed sadness over her husband’s demise in the tragedy that killed four people, including an Austrian tourist, and injured 31 others.

The vehicle that Arniel was driving was passing the Clarin bridge when it caved in, causing at least 11 vehicles to fall into the river.

“Nag-aalala po ako sa kinabukasan ng mga anak ko na may edad 16, 13 at 1. Ang asawa ko lang ang naghahanap-buhay, pero ngayon ako na ang magiging tatay at nanay ng mga anak namin (I am very worried about the future of my children aged 16, 13 and 1. My husband was our breadwinner, but now I will be both father and mother to my kids),” said Maricel, who lives in Dauis town.

The Ang Probinsyano Party-List, which happened to hold campaign sorties in Cebu and Bohol during the week, condoled with Maricel.

According to Delos Santos, the party recognizes the challenges that the families of the Bohol bridge collapse victims face.

“We want them to know that while the future may seem dark for them at the moment, there are people, organizations and institutions that are here to lend a hand at their most trying time,” Delos Santos said.

The lawmaker added that Bohol, which has encountered a series of unfortunate events in recent months including Typhoon Odette last December, is close to Ang Probinsyano’s heart.

“Apart from our relief drive in times of calamities, we have established several tourism projects in Bohol to boost economic activity in the province,” he said.

Despite the setback, the lawmaker said they know, Boholanos’ greatest assets is their resiliency in the midst of adversities.

The partylist also handed financial assistance to the daughter of another casualty, Emilia Gemina, of Barangay Villalimpa in Loay town. At the time of the incident, Gemina was with her grand daughter, who suffered injuries and later, trauma.