Another 31 were being treated in a hospital, said Fairlane Amungan, a provincial disaster response official. Among them was a Dutchman who was travelling with the woman from Netherlands who died, and two children.     

The incident took place in Bontoc, a resort town 280 kilometres north of Manila known for its mountainside rice terraces, said police Inspector Ramon Garcia.

The Office of Civil Defence said the bus from Manila had about 47 passengers on board. Amungan said the authorities were still determining the exact number of people on the bus as they searched for more victims.


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