• Aquino: Serendra blast speculations ‘counterproductive’

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    President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd is appealing to the public to refrain from making wild speculations about the explosion in a condominium building in Bonifacio Global City that killed three people Friday night.

    The President considers it counterproductive if people spread baseless rumors on what caused the blast at Two Serendra, without waiting for the findings of government investigators, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview Saturday.

    Valte assured there will be no cover-up on the incident and the government will make the findings public once the evidence have been pieced together.

    She said President Aquino wants the findings of the inquiry to “stand up to the scrutiny of anybody.”

    Valte said that among those who rushed to the blast scene 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).

    Asked if there’s a need to implement additional safety measures in condominiums in Metro Manila, Valte said it 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,” she said.

    The explosion created a large hole in the wall in condominium building and sent concrete chunks flying into the street below, crushing three people in a passing delivery van.

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

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