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6-yr-old boy, 8-yr-old sister drown in Quirino irrigation canal

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CABARROGUIS, Quirino – A six-year-old boy and his eight-year-old sister drowned on Sunday (April 23) in an irrigation canal at Aglipay town in Quirino province.

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Jerome, 6, and Lyka Ligsay, 8, were swept by water current after they attempted to help a third child, eight-year-old Jerson Gandia, who fell into the canal.

Jerson managed to grab hold of a piece of wood, and swam toward the shallow end of the canal. The remains of Jerome and Lyka have been recovered.

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The children were playing while the siblings’ parents, village councilor Dilmar and Divina Ligsay, toiled at a nearby cornfield in Rang-ayan village, according to Senior Insp. Rafael Madrid, Aglipay deputy police chief./ac

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