Glorietta 2 Mall blast on October 19, 2007

Malacanang welcomed the move of the Department of Justice to reopen the investigation of the Glorietta 2 Mall blast on October 19, 2007 that killed 11 people and injured more than 100 others.

In a radio interview Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Dela Fuente-Valte said the reopening of the case might put an end to speculations and determine the kind of explosion that ripped through the Glorietta 2 Mall three years ago.

“We welcome the move of the DOJ,” Valte said, noting that the reinvestigation of the case is another positive move initiated by the Justice department.

On Friday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered a new investigation of the Glorietta Mall explosion following the claim of a retired colonel that an improvised high explosive and not a build-up of methane gas was the cause of the blast.

In Department Order No. 716 that she issued on Oct. 26, De Lima instructed Senior State Prosecutor Peter Ong and State Prosecutor Gino Paolo Santiago “to conduct a fact-finding investigation/validation of facts on the cause of the explosion” at the upscale mall in Makati City.

Valte said it is better for everybody to wait for the new report and recommendations to be released by the DOJ after the 45-day fact-finding investigation/validation. (PNA)

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