City gov’t probe on market fire ongoing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:41

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The City Government, through its City Legal Office, will soon wrap up its investigation on the Magay fire incident.

City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon said the investigating team is rounding up the interviews and statements of all personnel involved in the old market operations, including the market supervisors, market enforcers, and security guards.

“We are about to finish the investigations,” Carbon told local media Monday morning, November 17.

Carbon said the investigations will be done before the end of the month.

Recall that several probes were launched to investigate the Magay conflagration which killed 15 civilians and caused an estimated Php 8 M in property damage.

A DILG-led investigating team was sent by national government to conduct probes while the local government simultaneously launched its own investigations to determine administrative culpability, should there be any, from among local government personnel.

To date, the investigating team is working to obtain all death certificates of those who died in the fire as well as conduct interviews with victims who are still in the hospital. Interviews with government personnel are also being conducted.

“We have taken the statement of Ms. Apple Go, but obviously Dr. [Genario] Yap-Aizon has nothing to do with it,” reported Carbon.

Apple Go is the Assistant City Administrator for economic enterprises while Dr. Genario Yap-Aizon is the Assistant City Administrator for city affairs.

Meanwhile, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer (CDRRMO) and OIC of the Office of the City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario will be the final interview of the investigating team.

“We will get the side of Dr. Apolinario and after that we will close the investigation,” said Carbon.

Relative the offer of local government to have tenants of the old market temporarily transfer to the Sta. Cruz Market, Carbon said inasmuch as this is the policy decision of the City Mayor in coordination with the Office of the City Administrator, tenants should abide by it. — Jasmine Mohammadsali