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4 more Filipino fatalities in NZ quake identified

First Posted 20:35:00 03/18/2011

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CEBU CITY, Philippines?Four more Filipino fatalities in the devastating earthquake that rocked Christchurch City in New Zealand last month have been identified.

New Zealand authorities identified the four as Emmabelle Anoba, 26, and John Kristoffer Chua, both of Cebu; and Mary Louise Amantillo and Valquin Bensurto of Iloilo.

The parents of Emmabelle in Minglanilla town, Cebu were informed by their elder daughter Niña Therese that Emmabelle?s body was identified through her ring and DNA result.

Arthur Chua, father of John Kristoffer Chua, said his son?s body was identified through his watch, wedding ring and dental records.

Chua hailed from Barangay Gun-ob in Lapu-Lapu City.

On Friday, the New Zealand police identified the remains of Filipino nurse Mary Louise Anne Amantillo, 23, of Balasan town in Iloilo.

Her name appeared on the list of confirmed dead released by the Christchurch Media Liaison Team and posted on the New Zealand police website (http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/27511.html).

Bensurto, Amantillo?s close friend and college classmate, was identified last Sunday.

The New Zealand authorities earlier identified the body of Rhea Mae Sumalpong, a nurse from Cebu.

Her aunt Dr. Ethel Uy said the parents of Rhea Mae flew to New Zealand on Thursday morning from Australia to ensure that Rhea Mae?s body would be identified and brought to Tuyan, Naga City, Cebu, for proper burial.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs will fund the repatriation of the remains of Lalaine Collado Agatep, another Filipino who perished in the quake, to Manila.

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