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PIA Press Release
2007/10/21

GMA orders PNP to "leave no stones unturned" in Makati blast

MANILA (PNA) (21 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday expressed deep sorrow over the powerful blast which rocked the Glorietta 2 shopping mall in Makati City that left at least eight people dead and 67 injured.

"The President is deeply saddened by this incident and extends her sympathies to the families of the casualties," said Presidential Spokesman and Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye.

He said the President also ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) "to get to the bottom of things and to leave no stone unturned."

President Arroyo also ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to extend all possible assistance to the victims to mitigate their suffering.

The President is in Tuguegarao City at the moment and will be arriving anytime today.

Bunye said the President is "deeply concerned about this incident and she has ordered all concerned agencies, particularly the DSWD to give the appropriate assistance to the victims."

He also appealed to the public to clear the blasting site so authorities can have a thorough investigation of the incident.

Bunye also appealed to everybody to avoid making speculations on the circumstances behind the Glorietta Mall explosion and wait for the official report of the police.

PNP Deputy Director General Avelino Razon earlier said the blast was "probably caused by a bomb."

"From our assessment, this is not what was initially reported as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). This was a bomb," he said.

"We can't say anything else yet because we are still investigating. What I can say is that it was not LPG that caused this (explosion)," he added. (PNA/Phil-Central Newsletter) [top]

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