BUGUIAS, Benguet – A 24-year old farmer died after he was struck by lightning while he was planting cabbage in his garden at SEbseb, Baculungan Norte, here, Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Florante Camuyot, officer-in-charge of the Benguet Provincial Police office, identified the fatality as Edmund Balistian Ibanez, 24, married, farmer, native of Alfonsolista, Ifugao and presently residing at Bano-oy, Baculungan Norte, Buguias, Benguet.
Initial police investigation showed the victim informed his family that he will be going to his garden to plant cabbage but he never came back home prompting his family members to locate him.
His lifeless body was found in a terrace of their garden and was rushed to the local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians and health workers due to alleged electrocution as a result of lightning.
By Dexter A. See