Two powerful explosions rocked Two Serendra, a prime residential project by conglomerate Ayala Land in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Friday night. The cause of the explosion remains undetermined as of writing time, but it has been confirmed that there were three casualties from the incident.
The victims were inside a delivery van passing through McKinley Parkway when huge falling debris hit them. Journalist Raissa Robles has compiled eyewitness accounts of the incident in her latest blog post.
In a statement made shortly before midnight, Ayala Land said the blast occurred around 8 PM at Unit 501 of building B at Two Serendra. Ten units on the floor were damaged as a result.
“The building has been evacuated and the residents are being taken care of and provided with lodging while the incident is being investigated,” the company added.
President Benigno Aquino III and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas rushed to the scene immediately to personally supervise the investigation being done by Taguig police and the Bureau of Fire Protection.
The Ayala Land stressed that they are “fully cooperating with the authorities” in determining the cause of explosion. The real estate giant has cordoned off “a large area” in front of Two Serendra for the safety of residents and bystanders.
Quoting a Taguig City police official who refused to give her name, Teresa Cerojano of Associated Press has reported that a faulty appliance may have triggered the explosion.
According to a real estate website, Two Serendra is a scarcely-populated residential development “with clusters of low- to mid-rise condominium buildings and spacious gardens.” Each unit costs P4 to P16 million.