At this indicate in time, experts think that the blast that rocked Glorietta 2 was caused by a bomb, not a LPG tank. Eight persons died, whilst more than a hundred were injured. According to the Philippine Red Cross, as of midnight, a complete of 113 persons are on the harmed list. Five persons are still missing. The military are on heightened alert.
Glorietta 2 has been gritty as Ground Zero. Preliminary cinema uncover a considerable crater. The walls and roof of the Glorietta have been entirely shattered by the blast! More than 100 stalls were shop-worn and scores of stores were entirely shattered by the explosion! Shockwaves moreover shattered the windows of within reach establishments and shop-worn countless vehicles in the neighborhood of the mall. The administration of Ayala Land Inc. motionless to shut Glorietta 1, 2, 3, and 4 after the incident. A Red Cross Center has been put up in front of Park Square 2.
Ayala Land Inc.’s (ALI) Fernando Zobel de Ayala privately visited Ground Zero and a few of the family groups of those who died in the explosion. ALI betrothed to shoulder the victims’ medical costs. According to doctors, the victims suffered from blast injuries in not similar forms, e.g., body and facial area. Most are still stunned. Meanwhile, tensions get up at the Makati Medical Center as medical crew go on to bring in survivors. Hundreds of Filipinos go on to herd to Makati Medical Center to establish the destiny of their admire ones. Most have been described as emotional.
Ayala Land Inc. is still questioning the inlet of the explosion. Tomorrow, October 20, 2007, the company’s constructional engineers will revisit the Glorietta mall to establish the full border of the damage and evaluate the honesty of the office building to establish and residence safety concerns.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Avelino Razon Jr. believes that the blast was caused by a bomb, not a LPG tank. Razon ruled out LPG trickle as the result in of the blast due to the border of the damage that the blast wrought upon its surroundings. There was moreover no pointer of a glow after the blast! Importantly, components of C4 and other explosives have been found at the scene! Experts estimated that at least 2 kilos of high bomb were used! Police are still recuperating pieces of indication to refurbish bomb and establish probable reasons is to explosion. From there, they will beginning the investigation.
It was past 7:00 PM when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, together with Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral, went to the Makati Medical Center to revisit the victims. Two patients are still in vicious condition. Four have been spoken Dead on Arrival; two males, two females. According to doctors, the survivors suffered injuries in the difficulty of blast injuries. After 30 minutes, Arroyo left the hospital.
Members of the Presidential Security Group escorted Health Secretary Francisco Duque back to the Makati Medical Center. Duque affianced that the supervision will take caring of the victims’ medical expenses.
A complete of 34 persons were brought to the Ospital ng Makati. Most of the victims suffered from bruises and broken bones. A poignant number had head injuries. All showed clear signs of mishap from the incident. At this indicate in time, usually two sojourn in the mentioned hospital.
The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been placed on Full Alert and Red Alert, respectively, after the incident. The generation of the alerts will rely on the outcome of the assessments of the PNP and AFP in the next 24 hours. Police and K-9 units have been placed on review task at key points in the metro, e.g., inorganic substance depots, Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Police prominence is the demand of the day.
The US Embassy has released this advisory:
* Please prevent journey to the Glorietta area at this time as of post blast investigation.
THIS JUST IN! Ayala Land Inc. has voiced that from Glorietta 1, 3, and 4 will resume operations from 10 AM on October 20, 2007. It has gritty that the mall is protected is to broad public.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) offering prayers and condolences to the victims and kin of the blast in Makati City.
* “We demonstrate our condolences to the victims and their family groups who suffered from the blast at the Glorietta mall in Makati City,” a matter released by CBCP said.
* CBCP President Angel Lagdameo mentioned the blast has diverted the nation’s concentration and updated up to the “common national problems” looking a suitable solution. Lagdameo called on Filipinos to urge is to answer of the country’s problems.
* Earlier this week, Lagdameo lamented what he called the “moral bankruptcy” of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. – we totally agree! And we child you not!
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