Ayala firms found liable for Serendra explosion

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AYALA firms and the owner of the unit at Two Serendra condo-minium in Bonifaco Global City (BGC), Taguig City, where the blast happened could be held liable for the incident that killed four persons, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd said on Thursday.

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Citing the result of the investigation conducted by authorities, Roxas said the blast at Unit 501-B Two Serendra condominium on May 31 was definitely caused by a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) leak.

He said the gas leak can be blamed on the negligence of the unit owner all the way to the building owners, including the Ayala companies.

According to Roxas, those liable may include the owners and caretakers of Unit 501-B, construction firm RM Ladrido, and Ayala firms Two Serendra Inc., Bonifacio Gas Corp. and the Makati Development Corp.

He said it was found out in the investigation that there was a “bahala na, okay lang attitude” on the part of the unit and building owners.

Based on police investigations, Roxas said there was a failure to get permits for the renovation of the unit and an unauthorized use of the gas valve. Two Serendra uses a centralized vapor state distribution system.

“All units actually have access to the gas valve. It was supposed to be locked. Witnesses said, however, that the valve can easily be opened,” he added.

The DILG, he said, will submit the report to the Department of Jus-tice to assess the necessary charges that may be filed against the indi-viduals and companies involved.

Ritchie A. Horario

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