Condolences, sympathies are not enough — Lobregat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:29

“I condole and sympathize with the Hasiddin, Salahuddin and Hamis families who lost their loved ones in the Zamboanga City Public Market fire incident. But in this tragedy, condolences and sympathies are not enough.” Cong Lobregat said, referring to  the fire in the old public market that killed 15 people and injured 15 others.

“There should be immediate and thorough investigations not only by the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Police, but also simultaneous investigations by the National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Interior and Local Government, the City Government and even the Sangguniang Panlungsod, ” Lobregat continued

Lobregat spoke to DILG Secretary Mel Sarmiento on Sunday who informed Lobregat that investigators from the Central Office will be arriving on Monday morning to investigate the fire incident.

Sr. Supt. Dominador Zabala, Jr., District Fire Marshall,  meantime, informed Lobregat that he has received instructions from the central office not to clear the area pending the probe.

Lobregat said: “I do not recall any fire incident in Zamboanga City that claimed so many lives. Many questions are being raised about the incident. Like, how come the firetrucks could not immediately penetrate the fire scene, what are the policies on dwellings inside the public market and its operating hours, and what are the security and safety measures in the public market”.

Lobregat received the Spot Investigation Report and the Progress Report of the local BFP but none of these questions were answered.

The Hasiddin family suffered eight fatalities, Musal, 45/m; and wife Radzhata, 28, and their five children, Radzmir, 10/ m; NurAiza, 9/ f; Noynoy, 5/ m;Crissamae, 3/ f; and Bunay 1/ m. The grandmother, Kayulsn, 48, also perished.

The Salahuddin family lost five members, namely, Abei, 40/ f; Nur-in, 39/ f; Algabid, 20/ m; Marilyn, 32/ f; and Binaas, 30/ m.

The fatalities of the Hamis family were Ruhilin, 26/ f; and Jasper, 1 yr/ m.

Lobregat went to the fire scene and was able to witness the surviving families and friends retrieving the charred bodies of the victims. “It was a painful sight to see a burnt adult embracing an infant.” Lobregat said.

All of the fatalities were found near a fence along the creek that seemingly they were trying to force open to escape and jump into the creek. But none of them made it, they were all burned alive.