Star City: We are not aware of any motive for arson
Aileen Cerrudo • October 7, 2019 • 527
The Star City management on Sunday (October 6) said they were not aware of any motive that would “induce the commission of arson.”
This is in response to the statement of the Bureau of Fire Protection maintaining the possibility of arson in the Star City fire.
Pasay City Fire Marshall Superintendent Paul Pili said arson might be the possible cause for the rapid spread of fire at Star City on Wednesday (October 2) morning.
The BFP also found traces of gasoline in unusual places as well as the suspicious entry of unidentified personnel carrying bags of cotton.
However, in a statement, Star City officials said it is not unusual for persons to bring cotton in the establishment.
“That there were some persons that brought in cotton is NOT unusual because cotton filling is being used to stuff toys redeemed in games. In fact, most if not all of the stuffed toys are filled with cotton. Almost all theme parks, including those outside of the Philippines, sell or give as prizes, stuffed toys in the ordinary course of their business,” according to the statement.
“There is gasoline inside the Star City Complex because there is a ride that runs on gasoline particularly the Bumper Boat,” the statement further reads.
The management also said it was ‘inappropriate’ to release statements to the media first regarding arson as the cause of the fire.
“We feel that it was inappropriate, to say the least, to release statements to media first regarding arson as the cause of fire when the investigation is not clearly concluded and before taking up such matter with Star City’s Management, the principal party concerned,” according to the management.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has formed a special investigation team to probe on the so-called ‘Boracay 27’ or the BFP personnel who breached quarantine protocols in Boracay.
BFP Director Jose Embang Jr. said they are prepared to file the necessary complaints once the 27 involved personnel are found guilty of breaching quarantine protocols.
The Boracay 27 reportedly visited the island from June 12 to 14 for a despedida party. One of them later tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Iimbestigahan sila and then kasuhan, kung talagang nag-violate sila ng quarantine, anyway rest assured na hindi tinotolerate ng Bureau of Fire Protection ang mga ganyang practices and whoever be found guilty, then they will suffer kung ano man ang consequences niyan (They will be investigated and will be charged if they really violated quarantine protocols. Anyway, rest assured the BFP does not tolerate these practices and whoever be found guilty will suffer the consequences),” he said.
Embang also said the 196 personnel in BFP Western Visayas Region underwent rapid COVID-19 testing and will be in quarantine while awaiting their test results.
Meanwhile, the BFP Chief of Western Visayas F/SSupt. Roderick Aguto has been relieved from office. Former Director of BFP Logistics in the National Headquarters F/SSupt. Jerry Candido was assigned as the officer-in-charge. –—ACC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 Director Fire Senior Supt. Roderick P. Aguto after several BFP personnel allegedly breached quarantine protocols in Boracay.
The BFP personnel, dubbed as the ‘Boracay 27’, reportedly visited the island of Boracay from June 12 to 14 for a despedida party. However, one of their members was supposed to be in quarantine while waiting for her COVID-19 test result which later came out positive.
Año said the country is currently facing a pandemic and there is no time for any excuses.
“We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here. Moreover, as law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” he said.
The DILG also said that the BFP Regional Office is now conducting swabbing and placing under quarantine all its personnel who have had contact with the said individual.
Meanwhile, the BFP will begin further investigation on the matter and is prepared to file a complaint once it is found that the Boracay 27 indeed violated quarantine protocols. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The United States (U.S.) government has donated some P54.8 million worth of supplies to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the US Embassy in Manila said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the embassy said the supplies will assist the BFP in fulfilling its mandate as the country’s chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agency.
The BFP is one of the primary agencies engaged in decontamination and response activities against COVID-19.
The embassy said the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been assisting the BFP and other Philippine agencies in responding to CBRN incidents and conducting chemical inspections and decontamination operations.
It is also aiding the bureau and other Philippine agencies in developing counter-weapons of mass destruction capabilities, the embassy added.
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