BY NEIL A. ALCOBER Reporter
There are no signs that a bomb set off the powerful explosion at a condominium complex in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig that killed three people Friday night.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas told a press briefing on Saturday that bomb-sniffing dogs from the Southern Police District, National Capital Region Police Office and Philippine Army failed to detect traces of any explosive device in the wreckage of the room at Two Serendra.
Still, Roxas said, investigators are not ruling out that some kind of a bomb caused the explosions.
He said Angelito San Juan, one of the occupants of unit 501, where the blast reportedly occurred, had complained of suffocation before the incident.
San Juan is being treated for burns at the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City.
Investigators also found burn marks in unit 306, a floor below San Juan’s unit, Roxas said.
Authorities also found a used fire extinguisher in unit 506, which is on the same floor as unit 501.
Roxas also clarified only three people were killed in the blast. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday morning reported six people dead.
Roxas said five others were injured, including San Juan.
All of those killed were riding a passing delivery van that was crushed by large concrete slab that fell from Two Serendra.
They were identified as Salvador Natividad, the driver, and Jeffrey Umali and Marlon Bandola, both passengers.
The four other injured victims were identified as Allen Poole, resident of condo unit 683, and passersby 9-year-old Louise Lorenzo, Janine Nicole Bondoc and 19-year-old April Joy Garcia.
The Ayala Land, who owns the condominium, said in a statement at least 10 condo units in Tower B of Two Serendra were damaged by the powerful explosion.
The Taguig city government has formed a crisis management team to investigate the incident.
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano assured in a statement that the affected residents will receive assistance from the city government.