Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:15
A landsline triggered by alleged illegal quarrying buried and killed at least two people in Barangay San Roque, this city, Tuesday afternoon.
The victims were identified as Miguel Gamores and Roderick Cabugsa, who were both allegedly collecting sand and gravel with Edwin Resor.
Resor told mediamen that he was able to move out of harm’s way before the landslide struck.
He said Cabugsa was buried with Gamores.35, also of Malagutay
and successfully retrieved him buried from the soil.
Cabugsa was rescued after two hours. However, he died on the way to the hospital.
Gamores was found dead after hours of search and retrieval operations.
San Roque barangay chairman Bernard Clemente said the area where the victims were collecting sand and gravel used to be a quarry site.
Authorities said small-scale illegal quarrying has been rampant in the area and it may have triggered the landslide.
They also disclosed that a certain Rodel Francisco y Resor, 15, was wounded.
Francisco told reporters that they were quarrying sand and gravel for personal consumption to build house for his family.
By Eugene A. Lasprilla
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