SEVEN persons were injured in the explosion at a restaurant in San Juan City at 1 a.m. on Saturday, which damaged several commercial establishments and vehicles in the area.
Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said the blast at Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan was likely caused by a leak from a liquefied petroleum gas tank and there was no indication that it was caused by a bomb.
“Based on the initial findings from the Philippine Natioanal Police Explosive and Ordnance Team, there were no secondary devices or craters found in the blast site,” Roxas said.
He said several workers were repairing a pipe at Wilson St. in Greenhills.
The blast injured workers Allan Cabana Mauriel, 46; Julius Asosano, 27; Jaime Arvin Tacdoro, 22; Marlon Urdas, 40; Reynaldo Namura, 30; taxi driver Gabriel Padilla, 45; and security guard Benito Tinio. Tacdoro is reportedly in critical condition at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center.
“Yung pinakamalubha na na-injure ay nandoon natutulog malapit sa kitchen ng restaurant,” Roxas said.
Wilson St., a residential-commercial district, will be closed to traffic until the police forensic team has fully processed the explosion site.
Eastern Police District Director Supt. Miguel Laurel said the blast could have been caused by an LPG tank.
“Sa pag-imbestiga ng EOD natin ay nangangamoy gas doon sa loob at wala silang nakitang particles na usual na nakikita kung ito ay bomba. Most probably gas explosion ito pero hindi natin pa nako-conclude dahil ipa-process pa ng SOCO ‘yun,” Laurel said.
WITH REPORTS FROM NEIL ALCOBER AND FRANCIS EARL CUETO