NBI runs background checks on Serendra residents

Posted at 06/01/2013 4:26 PM | Updated as of 06/01/2013 8:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is running background checks on unit owners and occupants of Two Serendra condominium at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig following Friday’s blast that left at least 3 people dead.

The NBI is also investigating the identities of the 5 people hurt in the blast as well as the 3 fatalities on board a passing Abenson delivery van.

The fatalities were identified as Salvador Natividad, Jeffrey Umali and Marlon Bandiola.

The injured victims were identified as Allen Poole, resident of condo unit 683; passersby 9-year-old Louise Lorenzo, Janine Nicole Bondoc, and 19-year-old April Joy Garcia.

Also injured was Angelito San Juan, the occupant of condo unit 501, where the blast reportedly occurred.

He is currently in the intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Luke's Medical Center Global City after sustaining burns.

The Philippine National Police’s SOCO, meanwhile, is conducting its final stage of inspection around the posh enclave.

Authorities said establishments in the area will be allowed to operate after the investigations.

Residents of the condominium have been temporarily evacuated.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said on Saturday that no triggering device was found at the site.

He also said bomb-sniffing dogs did not register "positive" indications that a bomb was used in the blast. He clarified, however, that the investigation teams are not yet ruling out anything.

President Benigno Aquino III, who rushed to the blast site with Roxas hours after the blast, wants a thorough probe on the incident.

“Ang mahigpit na bilin ng Pangulo sa mga concerned government agencies ay kailangan nating malaman kung ano ang nangyari, ano ang source ng explosion, at kailangan ‘yung mga findings nila, it must stand the scrutiny of anybody,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview.

Valte also said the President is advising the public against making speculations as investigations are still on going. -- With reports from Ricky Velasco and Henry Atuelan, dzMM