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tnalak-getty2Tnalak-gettyKORONADAL, PHILIPPINES – JULY 18: Filipino natives wait for their turn to perform at the 2009 T�nalak Festival, showcasing South Cotabato Province tribal cultures on July 18, 2009 in the southern city of Koronadal, Philippines. T�nalak is an indigenous term for colorful cloth woven by women of the T�boli tribe that has brought recognition to the province in the national and international scene. US-trained Filipino security forces were placed on heightened alert over fears the country’s homegrown Islamists could try to emulate the Jakarta hotel bombings. Early this month, twelve people died and more than 100 others were wounded in separate attacks carried out by local militants in the region. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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By Jeoffrey Maitem
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 11:53am (Mla time) 09/12/2007

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines — Three people were killed and nine others injured when a van and a pick-up truck collided along the national highway in Tupi, South Cotabato Tuesday evening, police said Wednesday.

Police Officer 2 Ricky Ferin, desk officer of the Tupi police station, identified the fatalities as van driver Guillermo Genova, and passengers Reynante Pascua and Erwin Erad.

The ages of the victims were not immediately known but Erad was a third-year nursing student, he said.

Ferin said the passenger van driven by Genova was on its way to General Santos City when it slammed into the pick-up driven by Roy Malaluan around 7 p.m.

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