MANILA, Philippines - A freak accident claimed the life of an overseas Filipino worker after the elevator he was on suddenly fell when its cable snapped in Seoul, South Korea.
The fatality was identified as Sonny Mansalapus, an employee for a thread and fabric company based in Seoul.
“Mago-overtime po sana. Nasa 3rd floor po siya pupunta ng 4th floor para kumuha ng materyales. Unfortunately po yung sinakyang elevator nasira yung cable bumagsak yung elevator hanggang sa baba,” his niece Efralyn Ganio told dzMM.
Ganio said her uncle was declared dead on the spot.
“Natagpuan po yung katawan ni Tito Sonny sa second floor po, duguan na po,” said Ganio.
Ganio said the accident happened on November 12 at 7:45 p.m., but it was only reported to Philippine authorities the following day.
“Nalaman po namin dito sa Pilipinas umaga na ng 14,” she said.
Ganio said her uncle is the fourth among 10 siblings, and the family’s breadwinner.
The native of Pola, Oriental Mindoro had been working in Seoul for almost nine years now.
“Yung nine years na po yun straight po siyang hindi nakauwi. Dati po legal siya pero ngayon TNT (tago ng tago) na po siya doon. Apat na taon siyang naging legal doon,” she revealed.
Ganio said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will only shoulder the plane fare of the remains of the OFW.
“Hanggang eroplano lang po,” she said.
Ganio said they learned from her uncle’s colleague that the company where they work allegedly operates illegally in South Korea.
“Ang sabi po ng kasamahan niya ay luma (elevator) na daw po talaga yun. Ang sabi po ng kaibigan niya illegal din daw po yung kumpanya sa Korea,” she said.