Serendra unit owner suspects cover-up in probe

Posted at 07/02/13 4:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Marianne Cayton, the owner of the Serendra unit where a blast occurred last May 31, suspects a brewing cover-up in the investigation of the incident.

Cayton's counsel, Raymond Fortun, told ANC his client has been worried that Ayala Land and investigators could end up blaming her for the explosion that killed three people.

Fortun said it has been more than a month since the blast but Ayala Land still has not made any effort to reach out to her.

He added when Cayton took a trip back to the Philippines following the blast, she was not even allowed to enter her own unit.

"It's just too long. Marianne Cayton already feels that there may be some sort of cover-up with regards to the results. She feels that the information is already there but for reasons unknown, the results are not being made public," he said.

"She's very fearful that she might be in the end blamed for this," he added.

Fortun also said Ayala Land has already advised other homeowners of Two Serendra to replace their gas stoves with electric units.

He said this may indicate Ayala Land's lack of confidence in the centralized gas system in the building.

In a statement, Serendra Inc., the developer of Serendra, strongly recommends the permanent closure of the liquefied petroleum gas system.

This is due to the developer's inability to control and ensure the compliance of unit owners with safety requirements. -- ANC