Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

MANILA – A netizen has positively identified one of the fatalities of the ill-fated Lionair medical evacuation plane as a doctor of Mandaluyong City Medical Center.

The netizen who goes by the name as Kap. Ron Rutaquio Tuazon posted on his Facebook page headlined “Rest In Paradise” Dr. Cenover Nicandro Bautista II in reference to the victim.

An active medical warrior in the fight against the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19), Tuazon claimed Dr. Nicandro Bautista II works with the Department of Surgery at Mandaluyong City Medical Center.

“He is our doctor at Mandaluyong City Medical Center, included in Lionair plane crash,” Tuazon said.

Over the same FB post, Tuazon also identified the other victims on the ill-fated aircraft that was headed for Japan on medical evacuation.

Included in the casualties were:

Capt. Ren Edward Nevado Ungson

Captain. Melvin Bruel of Castro

Capt. Mario Jr Rosello Medina

Edmark Agraving Jael – Flight Med

Conrad Tomeldan Jr. – RN

John Richard Hurst

Marilyn Vergara De Jesus.

A sister of Dr. Nicandro Bautista in singer-songwriter Ria Bautista, also mourned the passing of her 33-year-old brother.

“I lost my brother on that flight. No words can describe how devastating it is to lose a family member in such horrific way,” she said on her Facebook page.

A close friend of Nicko’s said the victim belonged to the Pamantasan ng Lungson ng Maynila College of Medicine Class of 2013.

Meanwhile, Lion Air of Indonesia disowned the aircraft that figured in the fatal crash saying it does not belong to their company rather, it is registered as Lionair, Inc. in the Philippines involved in medical air evacuation services. (ia/

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