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PH Pres Aquino Orders Full On Inquiry on Serendra Place Blast in Global City

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III wants government agencies to pool their expertise to determine the cause of an explosion in Serendra Place in Global City, Taguig that killed six people.“Ang mahigpit na bilin ng Pangulo sa mga concerned government agencies ay kailangan nating malaman kung ano ang nangyari, ano ang source ng explosion, at kailangan ‘yung mga findings nila, it must stand the scrutiny of anybody,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.Valte said that among those who rushed to Taguig Friday night were the members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippine National Police’s SOCO, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Fire Protection and personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“The President also stressed na kailangan there must be great cooperation between all the agencies who are there. At sinabi niya na as soon as possible, dapat magkaroon na sila ng mga resulta at siguraduhin nila na base sa ebidensiyang makakalap ang kanilang magiging conclusion,” she added.

The Palace official said President Aquino also wanted the public to stop making speculations and wait for the result of the ongoing investigation.

Valte said that since the investigation is already ongoing at this point, it would be counterproductive if people hurled baseless allegations regarding Friday’s incident.

“So it is good for everybody at this point to allow the investigators to do their work, at hintayin natin. Kasi mahigpit talaga ang bilin ng Pangulo sa kanila na kung ano man ang mahanap nila ay siguraduhin na ang konklusyon ay magiging base doon sa mga makakalap na ebidensya,” she said.

Valte also made an assurance that there will be no cover-up in the ongoing inquiry and the government will make the result public once investigators piece together evidence of what caused the blast in Serendra Place.

Asked if there’s a need to implement additional safety measures in condominiums in Metro Manila, Valte said such move will depend on the outcome of the investigation.
“If there are any specific measures to be undertaken in light of what had happened Friday night that will depend on the findings of the investigative team,” Valte said.

Reports said the death toll in the explosion has risen to six, including the crew of a passing delivery van that was hit by debris, authorities said Saturday.

The explosion created a large hole in the wall in Serendra Place building and sent concrete chunks flying into the street below killing three people in the delivery van.

The Office of Civil defense reported recovering three more bodies at the Serendra Place building. Five others, including a 9-year-old, were injured.

Authorities are looking into a gas supply issue as the possible cause of the explosion. Residents were evacuated as officials conducted their investigation. PND (as)