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Hashtags Tom recounts last moments with Franco

Tom Doromal admits noticing “signs” leading to Franco’s death

Star Cinema Admin
Star Cinema Admin

11/20/2017 in News
Hashtags Tom recounts last moments with Franco

When Hashtags member Tom Doromal found out that the group would have a two-day vacation, he asked the others to come down to their beach resort in Davao Occidental for some fun time last November 11. 

Franco Hernandez agreed to go and brought his girlfriend Janica Nam Floresca along with them. Tom shared on “Rated K,” “Nung nalaman namin na may bakasyon, in-invite ko lahat ng Hashtags. Kinausap ko si Franco, ‘Bakasyon tayo dun.’ Sabi niya, ‘Sige, Tom.’” 

The group got to the Mindanao province later than they intended to because their flight was rebooked. 

“Flight namin 6 a.m., tapos nung 6 a.m., nagulat kami ba’t wala pa yung flight namin. ‘Di ba ‘pag sa aiport may last call? Nung 8 a.m. na tinanong na namin, sabi, ‘Oo kanina pa.’ Hindi pa tinawag ‘yung pangalan namin and everything. Tapos pina-rebook na nila, 9 a.m. yata or 10 a.m., nag-fly kami ng Davao,” Tom recalled. 

Visiting one of the falls in town was supposed to be the first thing on their itinerary, but they decided not to because the place was hit by the rain the day before. So they chose to explore the beach instead. 

He said, “Una, balak talaga namin mag-falls kaso umulan sa place namin, tapos sabi ‘yung falls pangit na. Sabi ko, ‘Bro, pwede tayo mag-white beach. Tapos nung nakarating kami, sinabi ko, ‘Bro balik na tayo kasi anong oras na medyo dumadami na ang alon.’” 

On their way back to the shore, they noticed water filling in their boat so Tom and Franco had to jump out of the boat leaving their female companions on it. 

“Napasukan na talaga ng tubig buo, edi tumalon na silang lahat so nagulat na lang ako kasi sila Nam saka si Franco nandun na sa medyo malayo,” he told “Rated K”. 

The boatmen that they were with rescued Franco and Nam. They gave Franco cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before taking him to the hospital. “Tinry kong i-revive. Ni-rush namin sa hospital." 

But, “After a while kinausap ako, sabi nga wala na daw” and Franco was declared dead on arrival due to drowning. 

Tom shared, “Pumasok sa isip namin na sabi ni God na ‘wag nang tumuloy. Pero hindi kasi pumasok sa isip namin eh. Parang na-realize namin after na ng pangyayari. Parang kinompile namin ‘yung mga signs na binigay ni Lord na ‘wag na kayong tumuloy.”

Franco's remains were cremated last Friday, November 17, after a ceremony attended by his family and friends.