BARLIG, Mountain Province — A 70-year-old French tourist, who had been missing for a week, had been found alive in a ravine in Barlig, Mountain Province late afternoon of 22 January.
According to the office of Barlig Mayor Clark Ngaya, French national Jacques Francioly has been reported missing since 14 January after he said he was going sight-seeing within the municipality.
Upon reports of his disappearance, the mayor immediately directed the conduct of search and rescue operations for the tourist.
Shadrack Cablog, one of the tourist guides who joined the search, called the tourism officer informing her that they found a person at a ravine at Sitio Sikling, Barangay Latang, Barlig at around 3 p.m. The person was later confirmed as Francioly, very weak and in need of immediate medical attention.
Francioly was brought to the Barlig District Hospital and will be transferred to the Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital at Abatan, Bauko, Mountain Province for further medication once his condition has stabilized.
Circumstances behind his disappearance and how he ended up in the ravine are still unclear.
According to Barlig Police, Edelwina Pakurao Manonggit, manager of Halfway Inn and Restaurant in Gawana, Barlig, Mountain Province, went to the Barlig MPS and reported that Francioly was checked in to her inn since 13 January 2020.
On 14 January 2020 at about 8:30 a.m., the Frenchman left and informed restaurant staff Juliet Chongael that he will go sight-seeing within the municipality. He also told Chongael that he will be paying his bills, meals and lodging in a one-time payment.
However, they noticed Jacques has not yet returned to his room. Further, Manonggit stated that when they looked into his room, they noticed a charger still plugged in and some of his personal belongings still inside.