Glorietta explosion caused by explosives, says ex-Army officer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:14

Retired Philippine Army Col. Allan Sollano on Monday swore before the Department of Justice (DOJ) that explosives caused the Glorietta 2 blast in Makati City on Oct. 19, 2007.

The huge explosion in Glorietta Mall 2 resulted to the death of 11 persons and injured several others.

Sollano personnaly sworn to and executed in front of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima his affidavit in connection with his knowledge about the Glorietta blast incident.

In his sworn-affidavit, Sollano, the team leader of the Explosive and Ordnance Division of the Philippine Army that investigated the Glorietta explosion, said that his team conducted an investigation into the incident for about six to eight hours and came out with the findings that the loud explosion was caused by high explosive detonation.

Sollano said that he discovered a "petalling" in the metal plate of the diesel tank, which can be found in the basement of the mall, and a reverse crater in the dome formed because of the strong explosion in the ground floor.

Sollano claimed that such huge explosion could have only been caused by high explosives, which he said, was contrary to the result of the investigation conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) that methane gas was the cause of the explosion.

Sollano also asked for protection from the DOJ for the safety of his family.

He earlier admitted to De Lima that he has been receiving death threats.

Sollano was earlier summoned by Senior State Prosecutor Peter Ong, the head of the fact-finding committee which re-opens investigation into the Glorietta 2 blast.

The hearing was set on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at 2 p.m.

Expected to attend the scheduled hearing are Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo David, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula, and the officials of the Ayala Land Corp.

Ong also ordered the concerned authorities to submit the original documents such as the post blast investigation reports, chemistry reports, Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) reports, death certificates, post mortem/autopsy reports, medico-legal reports and the findings of the Australian federal police, respectively.

Ong also asked for a copy of the result of the investigation conducted by the authorities who originally conducted the Glorietta blast case so that it can be compared with the documents to be gathered.