Army official dies of drowning while on diving session

(Photo courtesy of Philippine Army's 103rd Brigade)

ILIGAN CITY – An Army official died after he drowned while scuba diving on Saturday in Initao, Misamis Oriental, police said.

A police report obtained by the Philippine News Agency on Monday stated that 54-year old Col. Nolie Anquillano, the deputy brigade commander of the Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade in Marawi City, participated in a scuba diving at 9:40 a.m. when he went missing at 10:20 a.m. on the same day.

A search and rescue operation conducted by divemasters retrieved Anquillano in the waters around 1:15 p.m. and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

However, he was declared dead by the attending physician.

Anquillano, who hails from Luzon, is a product of the Officer Candidate School (OCS) Batch 1991.

He was assigned at the 103rd Brigade as a deputy brigade commander in October 2019.

He was also the Inspector General of the 1st Infantry Division from January to October of the same year.

On Sunday evening, his body was brought to the 1ID headquarters in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur where a necrological mass was held.

A military honor will be given on Monday afternoon and his remains are set to be brought to his hometown in Luzon.

The Philippine flag inside the headquarters of the 103rd is now on half-mast to mourn the death of Anquillano. (PNA)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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