7 hurt in San Juan blast
MANILA (UPDATE) – At least seven people were injured in an explosion that damaged a seafood restaurant and a laundry shop along Wilson Street in San Juan City early Saturday morning.
The explosion happened at 1 a.m. and injured laborers Allan Cabana Mauriel, 46, Julius Asosano, 27, Jaime Arvin Tacdoro, 22, Marlon Urdas, 40, Reynaldo Namura, 30, taxi driver Gabriel Padilla, 45 and security guard Benito Tinio.
Tacdoro is reportedly in critical condition at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center.
Taxi driver Padilla recounted that he had just brought his passenger down in the area and was making a U-turn when the explosion occurred.
Padilla and Tinio are now giving their statements to authorities.
Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas confirmed that the blast was not caused by a bomb.
He said the Explosive and Ordnance team that gathered evidence found no secondary devices from the crime scene.
Authorities have yet to establish the cause of the blast, but some say it may have been caused by a gas explosion.
The incident also damaged at least eight vehicles and some motorcycles in the area.
Wilson Street remains closed to motorists until after the Scene of the Crime Operatives concludes its technical investigation on the crime scene. -- With a report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM