NDRRMC revises report: 3 killed in Serendra

(UPDATED) The NDRRMC says 5 others are wounded, including a 9-year-old

POWERFUL EXPLOSION. Police confirm an explosion at Serendra, a posh enclave in Taguig at around 8pm on Friday, May 31. Photo by Robin Leonard

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – At least 3 people were killed in the Serendra explosion in Taguig, Friday evening, May 31, according to a revised report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) released Saturday noon, June 1.

The NDRRMC withdrew its earlier 8 am report that 3 others were killed, aside from the 3 reported Friday night by the police.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas corrected the NDRRMC and stressed only 3 were killed.

The only confirmed dead were the 3 passengers of an Abenson delivery truck.

Five others were wounded, including a 9-year old victim.

Based on information from Rizal Funeral Homes, Pasay City, the 3 Abenson employees who died were identified as Marlon Castillo Bandiola, 29, from Cavite; Jeffrey Cunanan Umali, 32, from Sta Mesa, Manila, company driver; and Sallymar Natividad, 41, from Bulacan. 

Umali and Natividad were both drivers, while Bandiola was a company assembler. 

A strong explosion hit a unit at building B of Serendra shortly past 8 pm Friday, breaking a wall, damaging vehicles, and shattering windows. The posh residential-commercial area is usually packed on Friday nights, and netizens who were having dinner there were the first to report the incident.

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The police has done an initial probe of the incident.

Serendra insiders have told Rappler that Unit 501 is owned by a foreigner. A Fil-Am tenant is renting it from May 31 to June 9. – with reports from Patricia Evangelista/Rappler.com



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