THE man stood frozen. He had just witnessed his elderly friend buried alive.They were digging a deep well when the ground suddenly loosened. In a flash, the 61-year-old victim was entombed in dirt and soil.
Police identified the victim as Pedrito Bal-ut Sr y Cammadang, resident of Bgy. Bani, Sta. Lucia.
A report reaching the Sta Lucia PNP station said that there was a person accidentally buried by soil erosion.
Sta Lucia police gathered that the victim, Peejay Bal-ut and Alvin Togupen were digging deep well in the barangay when the soil caved in suddenly, causing the victim to be buried alive.
The victim’s companion was shocked to see his companion being buried alive, but could not do anything to rescue him.
Responding personnel of Municipal risk reduction rushed the said victim to Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Sta. Lucia for immediate medical treatment but was later declared dead-on-arrival by his attending physician Dr Jizzle Javillonar.
Investigation is still going on, police said.