• Serendra blast probe to continue even after condo occupant’s death: Roxas

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    The government will continue with its investigation of the explosion at Two Serendra in Bonifaco Global City (BGC) in Taguig City will continue even after the death on Thursday of the occupant of the unit of the condominium where the blast took place.

    Angelito San Juan died at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig from injuries he suffered during the explosion.

    Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd said that the probe will go on.

    Investigators have established that a gas leak triggered the explosion, but have not determined the source of the leak.

    Three other people, a van driver and his two companions, were killed when their vehicle was crushed by debris from the blast.

    Roxas said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are having a hard time looking deeper in the incident, prompted them to hire foreign experts to assist them.

    Lawyer Raymond Fortun said the 63-year-old San Juan died at 12:20 a.m. Thursday due to multiple organ failure.

    Fortun, who is San Juan’s legal counsel, said the victim’s family has not decided where to bury him.

    San Juan, a senior data architect working at American Honda Co. in Torrance, California, USA, arrived in the country May 31, the day of the blast, to attend a wedding the following day.

    San Juan borrowed Unit 501 for nine days from a friend. He was reportedly on his way out for dinner when the explosion happened.

    Fortun said San Juan’s gastrointestinal system was a big concern for his doctors. “His kidneys were not producing urine requiring eight-hour dialysis. He was also fighting infection and was provided with medicines, multiple blood and platelet infusions. His heartbeat was irregular sometimes high and was in ventilator support,” he said.

    Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), an affiliate of Serendra Inc., the developer of One and Two Serendra condominium complexes, said it was saddened by San Juan’s passing.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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