P5M for boy who lost arm due to electric shock

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LAOAG CITY—A power company is coughing up P5 million to compensate the family of a 6-year-old boy who lost his right arm after he suffered from electric shock from a power line near his family’s house.

The Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (Inec) board of directors approved the payment in a resolution earlier this month. The measure, however, needs the approval of the National Electrification Administration before Inec could release the amount.

Lawyer Marlon Wayne Manuel, Inec’s legal officer, said the payment is not an admission of guilt but a way of avoiding a costly and tedious court litigation.

“This is merely to buy peace and not, in any way, an admission that Inec was remiss in its duties,” Manuel said.

He said the boy, who is a relative of a city councilor, lost his right arm because it had to be amputated from the elbow after the accident in March this year.

Manuel said the boy accidentally touched a power line that was put up near the porch of the family’s house. He said the line was not energized in the past until Inec was prompted to increase its power voltage and activate the line due to constant complaints of low voltage going to the village where the victim’s family lives.

Before the line was activated, the boy was used to playing in their porch and would normally play with the dead power line as a matter of routine, Manuel said.

Apparently, the boy or his parents were not aware that the line had been energized when the victim went on to play.

Manuel said Inec officials initially declined to enter into a compromise settlement when the victim’s lawyer demanded a P15-million compensation.

“We were ready for a court battle and to show that there was a contributory negligence on the part of the parents,” he said. Cristina Arzadon, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NLO2AAP3EKVA2H3FI2AM2KTGAA Jay

    Sorry for the little boy.pero..bakit hindi inalis ng magulang nito yun yun power lines noon pa.come on parents comon sense lang ang kailangan diyan.

    • spider69

      hindi responsible ng parents nor the family ang pag-alis ng power line. may certain distance ang power line specially if this is the primary line sa  bawat bahay maging sa roof ng bahay. ang may kasalanan ay ang electric company.

      • Branch_Warren

        although you have a point, but it seems not appropriate or not followed in the philippines.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PNJLPLVSXXI7J6DZFRB6TZ22KY Matthew Ferraro

        bottom line is: dapat ang powerline ng INEC naka secured yan.. kung sino ang naglagay ng power line cya ang managot.. hndi lahat ng oras naka tingin ang mga mata ng parents sa mga bata!

        INEC must impose safety in all their assets like power lines and promote safety to people.. may negligence sa part nila…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BV5XUIS2NB44OMRVV42QVN4GVI Johnlove

    Basically, the power company is guilty because they have 5M in their coffers. 
    How about the linemen, are they as innocent as a sheep?  Or are they going to justify their actions because their salary is not as high as their European counterparts?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PNJLPLVSXXI7J6DZFRB6TZ22KY Matthew Ferraro

    walang hiyang Inec! Panu nila nasabi na negligence ng parents yan? sino ba ang naglagay ng power line na hindi secured?? dapat lahat ng power line may security measures yan.. dapat naka fence yan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000532465679 Donardo Cuago

    “…the payment is not an admission of guilt…”

    BULLSHIT!

  • andresa igbac

    5M lang???

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    YEH… a relative of a counselor, same on the victim of Dela Pena the kutong cop. the entertained  complainant with relative in powers, poor victims they get little.  

  • GMMTC11

    Bago ienergize ang linya ay nililibot muna yan kung secure ba o wala bang nalalagot, kunwari pa tong mga tamad na taga Inec.

  • Dodie San

    Ang tanong ano ang nauna?Ang bahay o ang power line?

    • kittyguard

       “He said the line was not energized in the past until…” .why isn’t going to be energized sooner or later”?; bulok na katwiran; “sabi nga minsan ng isang abugado and I quote,”mabuti ang palito ng pospro meron ulo, itong mga inhinyerong ito puro bobo.

  • jawaini

    dapat lang magbayad ang INEC..either way sa kanila talaga ang fault….nagtaka lang ako bakit nasa porch ng isang bahay ang power line na ito..kung nakita ito ng INEC noon bago ma energize bakit di nila nilipat ang linyang ito….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DL5VB6E4YZSNDK3RZZSP3IGOMM Footwear

    WATCH OUT …. sigurado magtataas ngayon ang electric bills  para  ipambayad sa victima… Good thing sa may katungkulan sa gobyerno nangyari ito .WHAT IF KONG KAY JUAN DE LA CRUZ  nangyari ?????? Grrr malas m  Juan bakit di k nag ingat…..

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