Isko orders probe on Malate hotel collapse

Published September 24, 2019, 9:25 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Erma Edera

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered an investigation on the collapse of a Sogo Hotel branch in Malate that left two construction workers dead.

A budget hotel building which was under demolition collapsed in Malate, Manila, Monday morning, leaving two persons dead. (MANILA BULLETIN)
A budget hotel building which was under demolition collapsed in Malate, Manila, Monday morning, leaving two persons dead. (MANILA BULLETIN)

Domagoso said the investigation on the concerned local government agencies, Sogo Hotel and the budget hotel’s contractor will determine who should be held liable for the building’s collapse.

The budget hotel branch in Malate, which was due for demolition, collapsed at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, according to first responders.

Based on the office of the building official’s records, the demolition of the hotel began in August after its management was issued a permit.

According to Levi Facundo, chief of the city’s Bureau of Permits, the hotel had a permit to operate issued in 2004. It has yet to be determined when it started operations and why the hotel building was being torn down.

Facundo said the hotel had a business permit under Golden Breeze Realty Inc. valid until December 31.

The hotel’s insurance policy covers up to P5 million in expenses for body injuries and property damage caused to a third party.

“Liability will come later, we’ll find out. I will task the City Engineer’s Office to find out if there is fault,” Domagoso said.

“For the meantime, we don’t want to accuse anybody until may makita kaming pagkukulang sa part ng Sogo, or contractor ng demolition. The documents are with the city engineering already,” he added.

During the retrieval operations on Sept. 23, it took almost six hours for rescue personnel to retrieve the body of Melson Ison.

His brother Edson Ison, a helper, was rushed to the Philippine General Hospital around noon after he jumped out of the building, resulting in minor injuries.

Rescuers were able to retrieve the body of Jerome Fabello, the second laborer who was killed after a concrete slab and a beam fell on him, at around 5:56 a.m.

There were 22 workers in the building when part of its left side suddenly collapsed.

On Monday, the Mayor also discovered that Hotel Sogo’s adjacent building at Adriatico Street was still accepting guests, prompting him to order its closure.

Meanwhile, the Manila City Mayor extended his condolences to the bereaved family members.

“We are very sorry to the family. Nakikiramay po kami, nakikiramay po ang Lungsod ng Maynila,” Domagoso said.

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