1 devotee dies in Black Nazarene ‘traslacion’

Inquirer.net January 09,2015 - 11:37 AM
The dense crowd of devotees awaiting the procession of the Black Nazarene. (MARC CAYABYAB/INQUIRER.NET)

The dense crowd of devotees awaiting the procession of the Black Nazarene. (MARC CAYABYAB/INQUIRER.NET)

MANILA, Philippines—A man died while participating in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene, a Manila official said on Friday.

Johnny Yu, the Officer in Charge of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), told INQUIRER.net that a member of the Hijos de Nazareno died of a heart attack just as the ‘andas’ of the Black Nazarene was leaving the Quirino Grandstand.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) medic Jeff De Leon, one of those who tried to revive the devotee, told INQUIRER.net that they found Rodrigo Gorion unconscious on the andas of the Nazarene.

Different sources, however, identified the fatality as Renato Gorion or Renato Gunon.

“Wala na siyang malay. Abot kamay na siya ng Nazarene nu’ng matagpuan s’ya,” De Leon said.

He added that the devotee was not immediately brought down from the andas because of the throngs of people that surrounded the Black Nazarene’s statue.

The medics tried to revive him but he already had no pulse, De Leon said.

Yu said that Gorion was declared dead-on-arrival when he was rushed to the Manila Doctors Hospital at around 9 a.m.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that as of 6a.m., the Tala Medical Team based at the Quirino Grandstand provided medical assistance to 84 individuals, most of whom complained of hypertension.

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