Photo courtesy: Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide unit
MANILA, Philippines — A building that was being demolished in Ermita, Manila collapsed on Saturday.
The Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide unit said five construction workers were trapped when the building, located at the demolition site of Old PhilAM compound, UN Avenue cor. Ma. Orosa Street, caved in at about 11:15 a.m. on Mar 20, 2021.
Three workers died while two others were injured.
MPD Homicide Unit chief PCpt. Henry Navarro said the two who sustained injuries were immediately rescued and were rushed to Philippine Orthopedic Center Quezon City. They were identified as Aaron Eleutrio and Airold Sidro, both 20 years old.
The three, on the other hand, had been trapped overnight. Their bodies were retrieved Sunday morning.
Their bodies have already been identified by their relatives who were notified by the authorities. They were Richard Bugarin, 31 years old; Joseph Lacsa; and Jomar Torillos, 27.
Authorities said one of them is still in critical condition, while the other is now safe.
Cpt. Navarro said they are still ascertaining the accountabilities of the workers’ employer and the building contractor on the incident.
“Kahapon po, may natabunan pong lima. Nalabas naman agad yung dalawa. Buhay naman sila. Yung tatlo po, naipit doon overnight. Kaninang umaga nag-resume yung retrieval operations. Nakuha na po silang tatlo. Lahat po patay na,” Navarro said.—/mbmf