Laborer dies after quake triggers landslide in Benguet construction site

A 32-year old laborer died after he was buried in a landslide that was triggered by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Tuba, Benguet.

The victim was identified as Resty Emperador Tavas, a native of Pugo La Union, and a stay-in Laborer at M.A. Camilo Construction, Sitio Bayacsan, Taloy Sur, Tuba,

Police Capt. Marnie Abellanida, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera Administrative Region, said Tavas' coworkers survived the landslide that occurred at around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

"They were working in the area when the earthquake occurred. This caused the upper portion of the mountain to erode and buried the victim," said Abellanida.

He said it was the victim's co-workers who retrieved the victim's body.

"The victim was immediately taken to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival," said Abellenida.

The cadaver of the victim is now at the Morgue of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.