Jun 072013
President Benigno Aquino III is satisfied with the results of the investigation on last Friday’s explosion at the Two Serendra condominium building in Taguig City that left three people dead, Malacañang said Friday.

Aquino, however, asked investigators to continue being vigilant to truly determine the source of the gas leak that resulted in the explosion, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

“The president was updated last night [and he] was satisfied with the results,” Valte said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

“Kung matatandaan ninyo po ang mahigpit na bilin ng pangulo doon sa interagency task force ay siguraduhin that the findings will stand the scrutiny of anyone and that findings will be based on the evidence that was gathered on site,” she added.

Earlier in the day, Interior and Local Goverment Secretary Mar Roxas II announced based on the result of the investigation, a gas leak and not a bomb caused the deadly blast.

Valte said Aquino has instructed the investigators to continue their probe with the same thoroughness.

“Itutuloy po ‘yung thoroughness, hindi pa ho tapos ‘yung imbestigasyon. Na-rule out na po that the explosion was caused by any device, na-rule out na po ‘yon at nandoon na po sa stage na nasasabi na po ng mga imbestigador na this is attributable to a gas explosion most likely LPG (liquefied petroleum gas),” she said.

PNoy to attend Ayala-hosted luncheon

Meanwhile, despite the ongoing investigation on the property owned by Ayala Land Inc., Valte said Aquino, who is in Myanmar for the World Economic Forum East Asia Summit, will attend a luncheon hosted by Ayala Corp. chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

“[It’s] coincidental, nagkataon na lang po iyon. But again, allow me to point out, that the results of the investigation that was done in the past week were very exhaustive,” she said.

Valte also clarified that Ayala “regularly” attends the WEF and is not part of the official government delegation to the summit.

“Hindi po siya (Ayala) kasama sa delegation. I know that he attends the World Economic Forum regularly,” she said. — KBK, GMA News

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