THIS JUST IN! A friend of mine, who is currently at the Ospital ng Makati, called me up on my cell. Dozens of people were rushed to the said hospital after they were hit by an explosion that rocked the Glorietta 2 mall in Makati City. The origin of the explosion is still undetermined. More on this later, my friends...
- An explosion of still undetermined origin rocked a Makati City shopping mall on Friday, initial reports said.An eyewitness told GMANews.TV that it sounded like a firecracker had exploded, and then a thudding sound was heard, like that of a ceiling that had collapsed. Shoppers scampered out of the mall, some of them crying, while police agents rushed in. The explosion was heard near the Glorietta 2 mall, from across the Landmark shopping center, near Ayala Avenue, in the financial district of Makati City. There were unconfirmed reports of injured persons.
- A second eyewitness told radio dzBB that he saw smoke coming out of a building. It sounded like the explosion occurred inside or near one of the establishments. The police said they received reports of an 'accidental explosion" of a liquefied petroleum gas tank. "But we are still verifying it," said Director Geary Barias, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office.
- An INQUIRER.net reporter on the scene saw one apparently injured man being carried off while another eyewitness said he saw an injured woman being rushed from the scene.
"Our initial report is that it was an accidental explosion of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). We are still trying to determine if there are any casualties," National Capital Region Police Office chief Geary Barias told Agence France-Presse.
The INQUIRER.net reporter said he saw smoke coming out of the Glorietta 3 as security personnel cordoned the area, near a bus stop, and shepherded people away.
Leah Navarro of the Black and White movement, who lives near the Greenbelt mall, said the explosion happened around 1:20 pm.People leaving the mall told INQUIRER.net said they felt the whole shopping complex shake as from an earthquake as the “strong” explosion happened in the area between the Glorietta 1 and 2 buildings.
They also said they saw windows shatter from the blast.
And from PhilStar.com
- An explosion rocked the Ayala Center this afternoon.
According to reports, the blast happened near the restaurants outside Glorietta 2.
Three people are dead and nine were injured.
The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined but initial reports said that the blast was caused by a gas leak.
- The explosion which hit the Glorietta 2 shopping mall on Friday afternoon was not caused by a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank, rather police information on the ground showed that it came from a bomb, the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership said.Director General Avelino Razon Jr, PNP chief, told dzBB radio that, "From our assessment, hindi ito yung initially reported na LPG. Bale ito po ay isang bomba. But beyond that wala pa po akong masasabi dahil nag-iimbestiga pa nga."(From our assessment, this was not caused by an LPG blast as initially reported. This was a bomb. But beyond that I cannot tell you anything more because the investigation is underway.)He said the information was based on the assessment of his ground commanders.Asked if the explosion was an accident, Razon said that, "Hindi po (No, sir).""Ang masasabi ko ay hindi LPG ang nag-create nito. From the destruction that I saw, hindi po ito LPG (What I can tell you is that it was not an LPG that created this. From the destruction that I saw, this wasn't an LPG)," Razon said.Pressed for details, police Director Geary Barias, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said that, "We are not conclusively saying that it is a bomb, but we are not discounting the possibility ."