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Aquino orders Cagayan hotel blaze probe 12/21/2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Aquino orders Cagayan hotel blaze probe

12/21/2010
The hotel fire in Cagayan province that left 16 persons dead last Sunday has infuriated President Aquino after learning that the pension house did not have a fire inspection permit.

According to him, he ordered the Departments of Interior and Local Government and Justice to get to the bottom of the Bed and Breakfast Pension House blaze.

“I will admit that I really got angry when I learned about the incident yesterday. Based on the initial report, there was no fire inspection, mayor’s permit. The building is just near the city hall,” Aquino was quoted sa saying in Filipino during an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The President said he issued his directives to Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima with explicit instructions to expedite the investigation and bring to justice those found guilty for the tragedy.

“How did this happen? You’d think the rules would be stricter after the Ozone tragedy. The inspections are supposed to be continuous. Now they’re pointing at electrical short circuit. Who approved the electrical plan? Bottomline there are those who did not perform their duties that would have prevented this tragedy. I have directed the secretary of Interior and Local Government to investigate the tragedy,” the President said..... MORE

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