Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Nikka G. Valen­zuela @NikkaINQ

A la­borer died af­ter he was hit re­peat­edly by the bucket of a backhoe be­ing op­er­ated by his 19-year-old coworker on Sat­ur­day in Que­zon City.

Placido San Juan, 39, suf- fered mul­ti­ple abra­sions and frac­tured bones on his left arm and ribs. He was de­clared dead on ar­rival at Chi­nese Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter around 3:30 a.m.

Just hours be­fore, San Juan was hav­ing drinks with backhoe oper­a­tor Bernard Pepito and an­other col­league when they started ar­gu­ing in­side E. Ro­driguez High School cam­pus on An­gelo Street, Barangay N.S. Amoranto, the Que­zon City Po­lice Dis­trict (QCPD) said in a re­port.

The vic­tim went to his quar­ters to get a knife while Pepito ran to­ward the backhoe and started op­er­at­ing the ma­chine, said Chief Insp. Elmer Mon­salve, head of the homi­cide sec­tion of QCPD’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Unit.

Pepito, mean­while, claimed that he had no in­ten­tion of harm­ing the vic­tim and he was merely de­fend­ing him­self.

“I op­er­ated the backhoe and used the horn to ask help from the fore­man but it was so dark and I didn’t no­tice he was there and he got hit by the bucket of the ma­chine,” he said.

Af­ter the vic­tim was hit by the bucket, he got up but Pepito, us­ing the backhoe, pressed him up against a fence made of gal­va­nized iron sheets.

The sus­pect was im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hended and taken to the QCPD head­quar­ters in Camp Karin­gal. Pepito owned up to the crime and faces a charge of homi­cide, Mon­salve added.

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