Palace: No cover-up in Serendra blast probe

Posted at 06/01/2013 5:28 PM | Updated as of 06/01/2013 5:30 PM

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has given strict orders to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other agencies to make sure their findings on Friday’s explosion in Taguig are backed by evidence so it can withstand the scrutiny of anybody, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Saturday.

Valte also assured the public of transparency in the investigation and that there will be no cover-up.

She also reiterates the President's appeal to the media and the public not to speculate on the cause of the explosion.

Aside from the NBI, members of the Bureau of Fire Protection are also helping in the investigation.

The Armed Forces has also sent its K-9 units to the blast site.

Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the explosion that hit Two Serendra condominium at the Bonifacio Global City Friday night.

The incident resulted to the deaths of 3 people and the injuries of 5 others, including the occupant of condo unit 501, where the blast reportedly occurred.

The occupant, Angelito San Juan, is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Luke's Medical Center Global City after sustaining burns.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday said no triggering device was found at the site, and bomb-sniffing dogs did not register "positive" indications that the blast was caused by a bomb.

But he also clarified that the groups investigating the incident are not yet ruling out anything.