Deona slams late mine blast report


PILI, CSUR— Bicol Regional Police Director Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona lashed at the chief of police in Rapu-Rapu, Albay as well as other police officials after the same purportedly failed to give a report on a mining-related explosion on time.
The explosion, which happened on November 20, involved a coal mining facility owned by Sammajo Mining Corporation in Bagawbaw, Batan Island. Said accident took the lives of two people, as well as injured two others.
Supposedly, the island was under the supervision of Senior Inspector Gilbert Otivar, acting Rapu-Rapu Municipal Police Office chief. However, Otivar and the other police officers assigned to the area only found out about the accident on Monday, November 25, five days after the explosion occurred.
Meanwhile, the report was forwarded to the Bicol police chief almost six days after the accident happened.
In the report, it was stated that the accident happened at around 9:00 in the morning. The four victims had been in around 34 meters below the surface in a 125-meter tunnel. They had been mining coal when one of the victims hit rock that prompted a spark. Such spark caused the explosion.
The victims were Antonio Grajeda, Jerson Dela Cruz, Moises Boyon and Christian Santillan.
All four victims hurried out of the tunnel, seeking help. Several villagers who saw them emerge immediately took them to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, where they were given medical assistance.
Only Boyon and Santillan, however, survived and were able to tell the police what happened. Grageda died at about 11:00 a.m. on Saturday while Dela Cruz perished at around 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, Otivar’s report also noted that the Sammajo Mining Corporation is registered to Engineer Carlito Aparri. Their investigation revealed that the Department of Energy had already ordered for the mine to be closed because of the risks that it brought to the villagers.


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