ITOGON, Benguet – A 44-yuear old miner died after he succumbed to alleged gas poisoning inside a private mine tunnel at sitio Luneta, Luacan, here, Tuesday morning.
Senior Superintendent Florante Camuyot, officer-in-charge of the Benguet Provincial Police Office, identified the alleged gas poisoning victim as Feliciano Oydoc Las-ig, 44, single, private miner, native of Sabangan, Mt. Province and temporarily residing at Luneta, Luacan, Itogon, Benguet.
Initial police investigation showed the victim, together with his four companions, entered their mine tunnel at around 1 am and his four companions came out of their tunnel at around 8 am thinking that he was able to enter into another working area.
However, at around 10 am, the four miners decided to try to look for him inside the tunnel and were surprised to see him unconscious lying on the tunnel floor.
The victim was immediately rushed to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for medical treatment but he was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians due to alleged lack of oxygen.
By Dexter A. See