After all, the truth will always be the truth even when it is concealed.

Weeks after the tragic drowning incident that stole the life of Hashtag member Franco Hernandez, his girlfriend Janica Nam Floresca revealed the whole truth about what really happened during those times.


Contrary to what the boatmen and their friend Tom Doromal’s statements, Janica revealed many details quite misconceived by news reports.

On their exclusive interview with showbiz website PEP.ph, Janica together with Franco’s parents Raul and Marissa Lumanlan disclosed the true happenings.


Janica started narrating on the day Franco relayed to her Tom’s invitation for a vacation on a beach resort which Tom’s family owns.

They agreed on the invitation because it so happened that its their free-day from noontime variety show Its Showtime where their group Hashtag perform.

According to Nam, they arrived at Davao on November 9 to begin their vacation projected until November 13.


They stayed the night in the house of Tom’s father in Malita, Davao Occidental.

The following day, about lunch time when they arrived at the private beach resort owned by Tom’s family.

Janica recalled their conversation that night of November 10.

“Punta na lang tayo ng city. Kasi dun na lang tayo sa relatives mo sa Davao City.’


“Kasi parang medyo ano rin ako nun, e. Hindi ko alam, pero may napi-feel ako na something o natatakot ako, na parang may multo, ganun. Ta’s hindi ako kumportable talaga sa place. Kaya inaaya ko siya umuwi. Nahihiya raw kasi siya kay Tom, na ganun. Tapos sabi ko, ‘Sige,” Nam narrated.

And so they stayed on the resort through the night.

The next day, the first on their itinerary was to visit the nearby falls but it has to be canceled because it is allegedly flooded due to heavy rains the last night.


So they decided to go on the ‘white beach’ instead.

“So, sabi ko, ‘Sige, okey’. E, nakikita ko naman si Franco na masaya siya. Ako, support lang ako sa kanya palagi. Ta’s, ayun na, papunta na kami. Excited sila. Ako, medyo di masyado. Kasi, una pa lang, sinabi na namin kay Tom na, ‘Bro, takot ako sa tubig, ha?’ Hindi kasi siya  marunong lumangoy. Hindi rin ako marunong lumangoy. Sabi niya, ‘Ay, hindi naman tayo maglalangoy ng malalalim. May beach naman kasi dun,'” she recalled.

And so they boarded a motorized banca and this is where Janica stated a fact that is contrary to what the boatmen have stated.

“Tapos, wala silang life vest na ibinigay or in-offer. As in, wala talaga. Kaya parang wala na rin sa isip namin na walang life vest na papunta.Nawala na rin sa isip namin yun, e. Kasi nag-e-enjoy din naman sila. Alam ko, kay Tom naman yun, alam ko kapag kasama siya, safe naman kami, parang ganun. Kasi sa kanya lahat yun, e, yung resort,” Janica stated.

It can be remembered that the boatmen have told the media that they do not failed to remind Franco and the group to wear life vests.

The group reached White Sand Island on Sitio Ilib, North Lamidan, Davao Occidental and they enjoyed eating, taking pictures and doing other activities that day.

When they decided to return already, the boatmen instructed them to group themselves into two with each group composed of two to three persons.

But Tom replied that there’s no need for two groups and suggested they go all together.

“Tapos sumagot si Tom na, sabi niya, ‘Kasya naman lahat, e. Kasya naman, Kuya?’ Parang ganun. Tapos sabi, ‘Kasya.’ Kasya daw. Pumayag yung bangkero na lahat na kami pabalik,” she stated.


So they sailed all in.

And that’s the time they were hit by massive waves.

“Yung tuluy-tuloy, para kaming nasa surf board na aahon kami tapos biglang bababa. As in, talaga yung alon, nakikita talaga namin sa gilid na parang pataas-pababa. Last baba namin, may malaking alon, dun kami napasukan ng tubig. Tapos sabi ng bangkero, ‘Baba lahat, baba!’ Bumaba sila,” Nam continued.

But she opted to stay in the boat because she was frightened plus the fact that she don’t know how to swim.

The boatmen said it was okay because she was petite and so Tom’s girlfriend was also lifted because she also is not a swimmer.

PEP raised a question this moment, “Paanong baba? Baba saan?”

Janica answered, “Sa dagat, talon. ‘Baba sa banca!’ Tapos tinatabo…E, may paparating na sobrang lakas na alon. Dun na sabi, ‘Baba na lahat!’ Ta’s maglangoy na raw papuntang shore.”

This answer quite contradicts the silence of the fishermen in their interview with Umagang Kay Ganda if they are indeed the ones who directed the group to junp straight into the water.

“Yung mga bangkero yung nagpatalon sa amin. Hindi kami kusang tumalon. Bakit kami tatalon, di ba? Tapos nung tumalon na, ako, ayoko pang tumalon. Si Franco nagagalit na siya sa akin, ‘Tumalon ka na! Tara na!’ Parang no choice na, no choice na kami. Lulubog daw yung banca, ganyan,” Janica retorted.

She and Franco then clung to a boatman who knows how to swim but the waves are just too big for them to handle.

And so, she and Franco lost the grip from each other.

She explained, “Dun na nag-start yung struggle namin, kasi nung may alon, naghiwalay-hiwalay na kami. Yung bangkero, hindi ko na makita. So, wala na akong kakapitan. E, hindi kami marunong lumangoy. Papa’no kami? So, parang ang naisip ko nun, ‘Okey, iniwan na kami dito. Wala na. Parang wala nang liligtas sa amin. Wala nang babalik.’ Kasi wala na talaga akong makitang mga tao, e.”

This is the beginning of a 30-minute ordeal of the two facing big waves after big waves fighting for their life.

They cannot locate Tom and his girlfriend or the others from the group and they came to think that they were ‘left out.’

She then came to the point that she is accepting the fact that it is indeed the finish line.

“Tapos wala na talaga. Tuluy-tuloy yung alon, nagsusuka na kami…Tinatanggap ko na lang na, ‘Okey, magkasama na kami ni Mico sa kabilang buhay.’ Nagpa-flashback na yung memories, nakapikit na lang ako. Parang merong konti, ta’s liwanag na lang nakikita ko,” she described.


They then edured waves, and there are times that they cannot see each other.

“Ta’s nakita ko siya, naka-float, ta’s parang nakatingin lang siya sa malayo. Pero nakaharap siya dun sa wave.Tapos ako, gayahin ko siya, magpu-float din ako. Baka sakaling gumana. Maging okey. Pero kahit mag-float ka, hindi talaga, e, kasi tuluy-tuloy yung wave. Magpu-float ka, pero lulubog din kami.Tapos, parang sabi ko sa kanya… Gusto ko talaga sabihin sa kanya na mahal na mahal…” Janica stopped at this point because of tears.

After she calmed down, she continued “Pero imbes na yun na yung sabihin ko, nasabi ko na lang, ‘Love, laban lang!’ Sinigaw ko yun sa kanya kahit wala na akong maisigaw.”

Then after 30 minutes of waiting, a fisherman came back to their rescue.

He went straight to her but she instructed him to take care of Franco first.

After gripping the two, the fisherman then swam towards the shore.

But Janica recalled the difficulty of Franco to be afloat.

“Sabi ko nga, kahit ako na lang, e. Kahit huwag na siya. Kahit siya na lang mabuhay. Kasi pag love mo talaga ang tao, kahit hindi na ikaw, e. Ganun pala talaga pag nandun na sa sitwasyon. Kasi alam kong wala na siyang hangin, e. So, ang ginawa ko, ako yung lumubog. Tapos inangat ko siya,” Nam stated.

After their ordeal, they finally reached the shore and she saw Franco unconcious.

“Ta’s parang ako yung ire-revive nila. Sabi ko, ‘Dun kayo lahat kay Franco.’ Sabi ko, ‘Gawin niyo lahat. Huwag kayo titigil hangga’t hindi nagigising.’ Tapos pag-ahon sa amin, as in dilaw na kami, nangingitim na kami. Tapos si Franco, wala na siyang malay nun, pero may pulso pa siya. Meron pa talaga,” Janica told the interviewers.

After this, Janica then decided to rush Franco to the hospital because he is not responding to first aids anymore.

This also contradicts Tom’s statement that ‘they rushed’ Franco to the hospital.

Janica’ response to this was, “Kasi hindi naman talaga ni-rush. And ako lang yung nag-rush. Ako lang yung sumama. Sumunod lang sila.”

On the report released by Umagang Kay Ganda, they said that the boatmen Rico Igalan and Efren Kilang came to the rescue of a man from the group who first lost grip and saved him.

On the same report, the boatmen stood by their claim that they instructed the group to wear the life vests available.


However, Janica firmly stated that there weren’t any available life jackets.

In addition, Franco’s parents also told PEP that Tom disclosed to them in a separate ‘meeting’ the true reason on why there’s no available life jackets on the banca they rode in their way back to the resort.

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