By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A wildlife biologist from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna (UPLB) died while doing studies at Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak.
Superintendent Ramel Hojilla, city police director, identified the victim as James de Villa Alvarez, 27, biologist, and a resident of San Isidro, Lemery, Batangas.
Hojilla said Alvarez had difficulty breathing while trekking and when he reached one of the top spots of the mountain, he started to vomit.
Investigators hinted that the biologist might have died of heart attack due to the sudden change in temperature.
City Tourism Officer Joey Recimilla said that Alvarez’s body now lies at the Torreda Funeral Homes located along Quezon Boulevard, here.
“The LGU Kidapawan led the rescue and and body retrieval supported by 911 Red Cross porters and guide,” he added.
Authorities are looking into the cause of the biologist’s death.
Alvarez masters in wildlife study and was with three other co-researchers when the incident happened.