The findings of government investigators show that the explosion at Two Serendra condominium in Taguig City is consistent with a blast caused by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas revealed the findings at a press briefing on Friday at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
The May 31 explosion killed three people in a passing van and injured four others, including the occupant of the condominium’s Unit 501.
Roxas said the probers found no sign that a bomb or any other explosive device triggered the blast.
What the investigators from the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).concluded was “the explosion was consistent with gas explosion . . . most likely an LPG,” Roxas said.
The investigating team was very thorough in its work, swabbing the condo unit for traces of explosives and using bomb-sniffing dogs to scour the blast area, he said.
“The Bureau of Fire Protection’s post-fire walkthrough findings indicate there was no bomb components nor crater was found,” Roxas said.
Killed in the explosion were Jeffrey Umali Cunanan, 32; Marlon Castillo Bandola, 28 and Salvador Natividad Malda, 42.
Several days after the explosion, stock prices of Ayala Land Inc., (ALI) the developer of the condominium, nosedived.
In a press briefing in Malacañang on Friday, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President was updated about the Serendra investigation before he flew to Myanmar on Friday morning.
The President was satisfied with the investigation result, Valte said.
She commended the investigating team, saying “they were very thorough, they were very precise, you can see the effort that was poured in and the cooperation borne among the members of the interagency investigative team.”
Anthony Vargas with a Malacañang Report