Firemen recover P23-M cash, jewelry from Antique mall fire debris

Published July 12, 2021, 2:38 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has again shown honesty when P23- million worth of cash and jewelry were recovered from the fire debris in a mall in San Jose de Buenavista, the capital town of Antique.

“Not a single thing is missing. All were turned over to their rightful owners,” the BFP-San Jose Fire Station announced via its official Facebook page.

Led by Fire Senior Insp. Ulyses Paco, the BFP-San Jose Fire Station was one of the BFP teams that conducted retrieval operations after the June 17 major fire that hit Gaisano Grand Mall.

The money was mainly retrieved from cash registers and vaults of the mall’s tenants while the jewelry was retrieved from stalls.

“This only proves that this bureau upholds integrity, value, honesty, and performs their sworn duties with pride and honor,” it added.

Paco’s team of firemen “ensured that no unauthorized personnel could enter the fire scene” and avoided looting.

This is the latest recovery made by the BFP.

A team of the Fire Investigation Group from the BFP national headquarters in Manila also retrieved P6-million worth of jewelry during the conduct of its investigation. The team led by Fire Supt. Romeo “Jun” Pepito Jr. turned over the 1,958 pieces of jewelry to the owner in Iloilo City.