Three small-scale miners died of suspected gas poisoning while inside a gold mining tunnel in Placer town in Surigao del Norte province on Tuesday (Sept. 19), reports said.
The victims were identified as Angelo Nunez Alontaga, 35, Ryan Montenegro Elacion, 35, and Freddie Viola Basilio, 20, all residents of Barangay Magsaysay.
The incident happened as the three pocket miners were working inside a private mine tunnel owned by a certain Martin Gesta at Sitio Layab in Ellaperal village.
Their companions sought them out after the three failed to come out of the tunnel after working there several hours on Tuesday.
An investigation into the incident was now being conducted by Placer police. By CLC