On a daily basis I read the local news online, The Daily Guardian and Panay News. Sometimes I read a story so bizarre that it boggles my brain. Here’s one tale that both news outlets reported on. “Farmer Crushed to Death by Videoke Machine.”
Sadly, while the story is true, it probably could only happen in the Philippines.
Jorly Gerson was a farmer. He was only 37 years old. The young man lived in Barangay Mahunod-hunod, Cuartero, Capiz.
Jorly was attending a family reunion. Like any good Filipino family reunion, a karaoke or videoke machine had to be on site.
Honestly, if you’re a Filipino and don’t sing karaoke, I question whether you’re really Filipino.
The family had rented a videoke machine for their family reunion held at Brgy. San Antonio, Cuartero. You can rent a machine for 500-1,000 pesos a night, 10-20 USD, depending on your location.
However, after the reunion party was over, Gerson had an unfortunate accident.
Gerson was about to board a pickup vehicle to return the videoke machine that they rented when it accidentally fell from the pickup.
Smashed into the farmer’s head.
Rushed to Bailan District Hospital in Pontevedra town.
Pronounced “dead on arrival” according to the Panay News.
TDG reported the poor man died hours later.
The tragic incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27.
Senior Inspector Mary Grace Socorro Borio told Panay News that the victim’s trip to the hospital was delayed due to their transport vehicle breaking down.
Indeed, a sad way to end the year.