PGMA visits blast victims at Makati Med
Manila (21 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo motored last night to the Makati Medical Center in Makati City to look into the condition of shoppers wounded in the explosion that rocked the Glorietta shopping mall earlier in the day.
The President, whose convoy left Malacanang at 6:55 p.m., entered the back entrance of the hospital, and was met by Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral.
She was immediately ushered into the Corporate Health and Wellness Center where she met two blast victims -- Henry Montenegro of Bangkal, Makati, and Jeffrey Burce.
Montenegro and Burce were among those slightly wounded in the explosion.
Still wearing the black dress she wore during her televised address to the nation on the heinous attack, the Chief Executive proceeded later to MMC's Emergency Room where two seriously injured patients, both sedated, were being operated on.
The President's next stop was a patient on the ninth floor; before she went down to the ground floor, and later to the second floor to visit other blast victims in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
In her televised address in Malacaņang five hours after the blast at about 1:30 p.m., the President ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a full-blown investigation on the explosion.
She also placed the police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on "highest alert to prevent a possible similar occurrence."
She likewise warned "those who seek to destabilize our government not to exploit" the incident for their selfish political motives. (OPS) [top]