ITOGON, Benguet – A 27-year old miner died after he reportedly succumbed to gas poisoning inside a private mine tunnel at Gumatdang here around 3 am Tuesday.
Superintendent Cherry Fajardo, public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera, identified the fatality as Pual Malidom Manuel alias Gayagay, 27, single, a pocket miner who hails from Sagada, Mountain Province.
Initial police investigation showed the victim was reported to have failed to come out of the mine tunnel at round 10 pm Monday, thus, his companions conducted the needed search until they were able to recover his lifeless body one of the portions of the tunnel at around 3 m Tuesday.
The victim’s relatives decided to bring his remains at a Baguio-based funeral homes before the same will be brought home to Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province.
Fajardo appealed to the public, especially the pocket miners, to take the necessary precautions when going inside their working areas in order to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents that could lead to the loss of lives in the future.
By Dexter A. See
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