The Pasig River. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Two Filipino children who were brothers were found dead in the Pasig River in Makati City, the Philippines, on Thursday.

According to the boys’ aunt, the two went missing after they left home without permission on Wednesday morning. The children, identified as Ronald Angelo de Mano, 11, and Dave de Mano, 4, were playing along the Pasig River, GMA News reported.

The youngest boy stood on a rock and accidentally fell into the river. His brother, who did not know how to swim, tried to save Dave. However, both boys drowned and were found dead on Thursday morning.

Ronald’s body was found in Barangay Poblacion in Makati City, while Dave was found in Barangay West Rembo. The mother of the two boys confirmed their identities after they were brought to a local hospital.

The Pasig River connects Laguna be Bay to Manila Bay and is 25 kilometers long. The river passes through Manila, Makati City, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Taguig. The river suffers from a high level of pollution and efforts are being made to rehabilitate it.

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