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PHL MUSLIMS JOIN ISLAMIC WORLD ON SEARCH FOR THE CRESCENT MOON


JUNE 16 ...Muslims in the Philippines will join the Islamic world today in the search for the crescent moon of which will decide the first day of this year’s month-long “Sawm” or fasting.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has reactivated its National Moon-sighting Committee to lead the yearly search for the crescent moon to determine the first day of Ramadan, the ninth month in Islam’s Hijri calendar. Compared to the solar-based Gregorian calendar, the lunar-based Hirji calendar is short by about 11 days. In Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court ordered citizens to look for the crescent today, Tuesday. Moon-sighters will be in strategic areas of the Philippines to look for the crescent with the naked eye, said NCMF Commissioner Esmail Ebrahim yesterday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Filipino Muslims gear up for Ramadhan


JUNE 17 ---Mindanao's first ever pink mosque, located in Datu Saudi town in Maguindanao. Muslims observe the Ramadhan immediately after the sighting of the new moon following the culmination of the month of Shaban in the lunar-based Hijrah calendar. John Unson
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Muslims in the Philippines and in other countries will start observing the Islamic 30-day Ramadhan fasting season on Thursday.
Physically fit Muslims must fast as a religious obligation from dawn to dusk during the Ramadhan, which lasts for one lunar cycle, about 28-29 days, as a religious obligation. Fasting during the month of Ramadhan, a holy month in Islam, is one of the five pillars of the faith, which include absolute submission to Allah, praying five times a day facing the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, giving of “zakat” (alms) to the poor, and performing the Hajj (pilgrimage) at least once in a lifetime for those who can afford the cost of travel. Muslims observe the Ramadhan immediately after the sighting of the new moon following the culmination of the month of Shaban in the lunar-based Hijrah calendar. During the Ramadhan, Muslims are to focus on reparation for wrongdoings and good deeds. It is also the most ideal time for them to rebuild community, organizational, and family ties severed by misunderstandings. READ MORE...

ALSO BLOCKING RIZAL MONUMENT: SC stops rise of 'Torre de Manila'


JUNE 17 ----The Rizal Monument in Luneta with the Torre de Manila rising behind it. Sen. Pia Cayetano Office
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against the construction of a high-rise residential building deemed to be ruining the view behind the Rizal Monument in Manila. Voting 8-5, the high court magistrates acted on a petition by the Order of the Knights of Rizal in asking property developer DM Consunji Inc. to halt the rise of 46-storey Torre de Manila. Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said in a televised press briefing that the order is effective immediately. READ MORE...

ALSO 'Terror de Manila' condo: Torre de Manila 90% sold – DMCI


NO TO CONDO. Petitioners who want the construction of DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila refer to the condominium as 'Terror de Manila.' Image from 'NO to DMCI's "Terror de Manila"' Facebook page
The property group now in the eye of a storm over an “eyesore” of a building in Manila believes that the company will be “vindicated” because it secured all the needed permits and did not violate any regulations in the construction of the Torre de Manila, which it said is “almost complete.”  In a news briefing over the weekend, DMCI Holdings Inc. president Isidro Consunji said the 46-storey building behind the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park (Luneta) is 90 percent sold. He added that the building should be completed so that it will not remain an “eyesore.” “The Supreme Court only asked na pwede pag-usapan natin [if can we talk about it]. We believe that we will be vindicated. As of now, the building is more than 90 percent sold. It’s a beautiful place. Actually, we studied that area. There’s no new building in the last 30 years there. And we’re solving people’s problem in housing,” Consuji told reporters. “Almost complete [is the] structure. All floors also almost [done]. [If we don’t finish it], it’s a tremendous eye sore. We hope that we can continue [the construction],” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: CULTURE COMMISSION (NCCA) compares Luneta to US national park, no structures affecting landscape


JUNE 16 ---The National Commission for Culture and the Arts legal Counsel said that the Luneta Park is the Philippines' counterpart of the United States' National Mall with the exception of the high-rise building ruining its sight line. Philippine Senate, US Library of Congress 
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Wednesday compared the Luneta Park, where the monument of national hero Jose Rizal is erected, to the National Mall of the United States in Washington DC.
In an interview with ANC's Headstart, NCCA legal counsel Trixie Angeles noted that no structures affect the sight line of the US national park, as well as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. This comment was made following the Supreme Court's (SC) issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the construction of the 46-story Torre de Manila which was tagged as the "photobomb" of Rizal's monument in Luneta. Angeles also cited other iconic foreign landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in France and the Parthenon in Greece, all of which do not have structures affecting its line of sight. The NCCA admitted that they cannot take any more measures regarding the issue since the case is now under the SC. "There's oral argument before the Supreme Court so we'll have to take that first," Angeles said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Sudden downpour floods Quezon City, Valenzuela roads


JUNE 17 ---Several roads in Quezon City and Valenzuela City were flooded by a sudden downpour on Tuesday, June 17, 2015. Google Earth
The sudden downpour that started at 4 p.m. Wednesday left several roads in Quezon City and Valenzuela City flooded and not passable to light vehicles. According to the Flood Control Information Center of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (FCIC-MMDA), as of 5 pm yesterday, the vicinity of the V. Luna Hospital was flooded by 12 inches. Also reported as flooded as of 5 p.m. were Timog corner Mother Ignacia St. (19 inches), Scout Lozano St.-Timog (37 inches) and Kalayaan Avenue-Kamias St. (11 inches). In Valenzuela City, the MMDA-FCIC said the MacArthur-Fatima area was flooded by some 27 inches as of 5 p.m. Flooding in other streets have subsided by 5 p.m., the MMDA-FCIC said. According to the MMDA-FCIC, streets that are deep in flood of between 13 and 19 inches are declared as not passable to light vehicles. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Cebu mall’s cinema ceiling collapses


JUNE 17 ---Rescue personnel attend to those injured after the ceiling of a theater collapsed. PAUL JUN E. ROSAROSO Movie screenings at a shopping mall in Cebu City have been temporarily suspended, after half the ceiling of its cinema collapsed Monday night, injuring nine individuals.
Based on an ocular inspection at the Ayala Center Cebu Cinema 5, the collapse was caused by the heavy volume of water from the docking system, which was part of a centralized air conditioning unit, said city Councilor David Tumulak. Tumulak said other water channels, such as pipes and fire sprinklers, were not displaced. The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said they were looking at a supposed lapse in maintenance, which might have caused the mechanical dysfunction of the air-conditioning system. In an initial evaluation of the incident, the Cebu City Office of the Building Official (OBO) found a mechanical flaw in the structure of the shopping mall. READ MORE...

ALSO: Save Puka Beach, Boracay folk urged govt


JUNE 17 ---Puka Beach, unlike White Beach in Stations 1 to 3, is a quieter and relax place away from the crowd of tourist. It is called Puka beach mainly because you’ll find puka shells in here and locals often gathers them here to make souvenir items such as bracelets and necklaces. It is located north of the island and about 15mins by tricycle from D’Mall. Others often come here by boat during their boating trip around the island. Photo by Don Lejano/INQUIRER.nett ILOILO CITY—Willy’s Rock is one of the most visited and photographed posts on Boracay, with an image of the Virgin Mary on top of it. But on Monday night, it served another purpose for longtime residents, expatriates and business owners who have had enough of uncontrolled activities on the country’s premier tourism gem.About 350 people assembled in front of Willy’s Rock inBarangay (village) Balabag about 6 p.m., lit candles and displayed a banner calling on the government to save the Puka Beach in the northern tip of Boracay and its wildlife. The beach is considered the island’s remaining undeveloped area and has become popular for those seeking the “old Boracay”—no structures, only white powdery sand and crystal clear waters. “We gathered and lit candles to put a face on our online petition,” said Julia Lervik, president of the Friends of the Flying Foxes (FFF), one of the groups that initiated the candle-lighting activity and vigil. “This shows many people care. (They) are asking what they can do to help.”  READ MORE...

ALSO FLASHBACK: Stop to Boracay overdevelopment sought


APRIL 2, 2015 ---Photo: Keith Gonzales ILOILO CITY—Residents and tourists on Boracay Island have launched an online petition to stop the commercial development of a beach and its surrounding forest that the petition said was the island’s last remaining pristine area. The petition is calling for the protection of the Puka Shell Beach and the forest around it in the northern tip of the 1,032-hectare Boracay. “Help us protect the last remaining pristine beach, forest and wildlife in Boracay,” said the petition. “They cannot take away all our wildlife on this island for profit,” it said. “If you don’t speak up, the last forest will disappear,” it added. The petition, made through Change.org, said property owners and developers are “again pushing to revoke the forest classification of the area and make it into commercial land for development.” READ MORE...


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Muslims on search for the crescent moon

MANILA, JUNE 22, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Edd K. Usman June 16, 2015 -Muslims in the Philippines will join the Islamic world today in the search for the crescent moon of which will decide the first day of this year’s month-long “Sawm” or fasting.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has reactivated its National Moon-sighting Committee to lead the yearly search for the crescent moon to determine the first day of Ramadan, the ninth month in Islam’s Hijri calendar.

Compared to the solar-based Gregorian calendar, the lunar-based Hirji calendar is short by about 11 days.

In Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Court ordered citizens to look for the crescent today, Tuesday.

Moon-sighters will be in strategic areas of the Philippines to look for the crescent with the naked eye, said NCMF Commissioner Esmail Ebrahim yesterday.

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He said religious authorities through the three Darul Iftahs (Houses of Opinion) in Mindanao — two in Central Mindanao and one in Region 9 — will also be on the hunt for the crescent.

NCMF moon-sighters have also been consulting with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PAGASA).

Ebrahim said the rule is that, if the crescent is sighted on June 16, corroborated by other witnesses, and approved by the Darul Iftah, then religious leaders will declare the next day (Wednesday, June 17) as the first day of Ramadan fasting.

“However, if the crescent is not sighted Tuesday, then we have to complete the month of Sha’ban into 30 days; then Ramadan fasting will start on June 18 (Thursday),” the NCMF official said.

Ebrahim said the Hijri calendar also has 12 months, with none of its month having 31 days.

He said the month of Ramadan is a period of intense worship and prayers for peace and mercy of Allah (God in Arabic).

The NCMF official said during Ramadan adult Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and marital sex from sunrise to sunset, a period of more than 10 hours of physical deprivation.

“Sawm” is one of the five pillars of Islam which are obligatory, he said.


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Filipino Muslims gear up for Ramadhan By John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated June 17, 2015 - 6:43pm 0 2 googleplus0 0


Mindanao's first ever pink mosque, located in Datu Saudi town in Maguindanao. Muslims observe the Ramadhan immediately after the sighting of the new moon following the culmination of the month of Shaban in the lunar-based Hijrah calendar. John Unson

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Muslims in the Philippines and in other countries will start observing the Islamic 30-day Ramadhan fasting season on Thursday.

Physically fit Muslims must fast as a religious obligation from dawn to dusk during the Ramadhan, which lasts for one lunar cycle, about 28-29 days, as a religious obligation.

Fasting during the month of Ramadhan, a holy month in Islam, is one of the five pillars of the faith, which include absolute submission to Allah, praying five times a day facing the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, giving of “zakat” (alms) to the poor, and performing the Hajj (pilgrimage) at least once in a lifetime for those who can afford the cost of travel.

Muslims observe the Ramadhan immediately after the sighting of the new moon following the culmination of the month of Shaban in the lunar-based Hijrah calendar.

During the Ramadhan, Muslims are to focus on reparation for wrongdoings and good deeds. It is also the most ideal time for them to rebuild community, organizational, and family ties severed by misunderstandings.

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Muslims fast based on a teaching by Mohammad, Islam’s progenitor, for them to abstain from food and drinks at daytime when they see the new moon that would signal the start of Ramadhan and to stop fasting once the new moon is again sighted, marking day one of the month of Shawwal.

In his Ramadhan message, Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said he has directed the local officials in the 36 towns in the province to help ensure a peaceful observance of the fasting season by their constituent-communities.

“Let’s keep praying for peace and for the success of the peace efforts of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during this holy month,” Mangudadatu said in his emailed statement.

Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said fasting employees of ARMM regional agencies can leave their offices at 3 p.m. during working days as long as they report for work before 8:00 a.m. and render service without lunch break.

“This is the time for us to unite and dismantle whatever political and cultural barriers there are between us for the sake of lasting peace in the autonomous region,” Hataman said.

The 32-hectare ARMM compound in Cotabato City is now dotted with mock tribal villages - representing the ethnic groups in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi - where there are nighttime entertainment and cheap food for people observing the Ramadhan.

Among the first to rebuild last week the tribal villages, first showcased during the month-long celebration of the 24th founding anniversary of ARMM in 2014, was the region's education secretary, John Magno, designated chieftain of the Yakan model enclave.

Hataman and Magno are both from Sumisip and Maluso towns in the island province of Basilan, respectively.

Magno had called on teachers in the ARMM’s five provinces - Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, to impart to grade school pupils and high school students the value of self-restrain to achieve spiritual perfection, one of the objectives why Muslims fast during the Ramadhan.

The ARMM has about 5 million Muslim residents that belong to different ethnic groups.

Muslims believe it was during the month of Ramadhan when Allah sent down from heaven the Qur’an to the shepherd Mohammad, through Archangel Gabriel.

There are religious chronicles that tell of how Mohammad and his ragtag Army had won battles over large armies of Pagan Arab kingdoms during the Ramadhan, one of which was the Battle of Bad’r in west of what is now Saudi Arabia.

Fasting during the Ramadhan also has health benefits, according to physician Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., who is ARMM’s health secretary.

“When we fast and abstain from food during the day, we get rid of excessive sugar and cholesterol in our blood and at the same time boost our immune system,” Sinolinding said.


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BLOCKING RIZAL MONUMENT: Supreme Court stops rise of Torre de Manila (philstar.com) | Updated June 16, 2015 - 3:02pm


The Rizal Monument in Luneta with the Torre de Manila rising behind it. Sen. Pia Cayetano Office

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against the construction of a high-rise residential building deemed to be ruining the view behind the Rizal Monument in Manila.

Voting 8-5, the high court magistrates acted on a petition by the Order of the Knights of Rizal in asking property developer DM Consunji Inc. to halt the rise of 46-storey Torre de Manila.

Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said in a televised press briefing that the order is effective immediately.

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The petitioners, a fraternal organization honoring hero Jose Rizal, argued that the building violates several laws on culture such as Republic Act 4846 or the Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act and Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

The petitioners argued that the construction project would "forever ruin the sightline of the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park" and "stick out like a sore thumb" by dwarfing surrounding buildings within a radius of 2 kilometers.

On social media, the building has been called names such as "Pambansang Photobomb" and "Terror de Manila."

Oral arguments on the petition is set on June 30. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, meanwhile, has been asked to comment on the case. - Camille Diola


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Torre de Manila 90% sold – DMCI June 21, 2015 11:17 pm
by KRISTYN NIKA M. LAZO, REPORTER


NO TO CONDO. Petitioners who want the construction of DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila refer to the condominium as 'Terror de Manila.' Image from 'NO to DMCI's "Terror de Manila"' Facebook page

The property group now in the eye of a storm over an “eyesore” of a building in Manila believes that the company will be “vindicated” because it secured all the needed permits and did not violate any regulations in the construction of the Torre de Manila, which it said is “almost complete.”

In a news briefing over the weekend, DMCI Holdings Inc. president Isidro Consunji said the 46-storey building behind the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park (Luneta) is 90 percent sold.

He added that the building should be completed so that it will not remain an “eyesore.”

“The Supreme Court only asked na pwede pag-usapan natin [if can we talk about it]. We believe that we will be vindicated. As of now, the building is more than 90 percent sold. It’s a beautiful place. Actually, we studied that area. There’s no new building in the last 30 years there. And we’re solving people’s problem in housing,” Consuji told reporters.

“Almost complete [is the] structure. All floors also almost [done]. [If we don’t finish it], it’s a tremendous eye sore. We hope that we can continue [the construction],” he said.

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The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order last week stopping the company from proceeding with the construction of the structure.

Consunji said most of the buyers were “doctors, City Hall employees and the Chinese of Binondo [district in Manila].”

He admitted that a few buyers “backed out” because of the controversy.

“A few backed out. Most believe that we will be vindicated. Once the Supreme Court gets the necessary information, probably the temporary suspension will be lifted,” Consunji said.

“This experience is a little bit unsettling to foreign investors because when people start to meddle, it creates unnecessary anxiety. I hope… this case will be resolved,” the DMCI president added.

He noted that his group also secured a permit from the National Historical Commission and urged the government to stick to its “rules of the game” instead of “changing” them.

“The more monumental issue here is the changing of the rules in the middle of the game. You have to be consistent,” Consunji said.

Last week, DMCI said it is “studying remedies” amid the issuance of the TRO, “including the filing of a motion to lift it as soon as possible so as not to compromise our completion target and protect the interest of our condominium unit buyers.”

Torre de Manila is set to be completed and turned over to buyers by November 2017.

“We will do our best to minimize any damage or inconvenience while we comply with the TRO.

DMCI Homes is committed to undergo the judicial process, and we will vigorously pursue all legal remedies to obtain a fair and just resolution of the issues raised about the Torre de Manila project,” the company said in a statement.

The High Court will hold oral arguments on the case on June 30.


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NCCA compares Luneta to US national park, no structures affecting landscape By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 17, 2015 - 12:19pm 5 321 googleplus0 0


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts legal Counsel said that the Luneta Park is the Philippines' counterpart of the United States' National Mall with the exception of the high-rise building ruining its sight line. Philippine Senate, US Library of Congress

MANILA, Philippines - The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Wednesday compared the Luneta Park, where the monument of national hero Jose Rizal is erected, to the National Mall of the United States in Washington DC.

In an interview with ANC's Headstart, NCCA legal counsel Trixie Angeles noted that no structures affect the sight line of the US national park, as well as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

This comment was made following the Supreme Court's (SC) issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the construction of the 46-story Torre de Manila which was tagged as the "photobomb" of Rizal's monument in Luneta.

Angeles also cited other iconic foreign landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in France and the Parthenon in Greece, all of which do not have structures affecting its line of sight.

The NCCA admitted that they cannot take any more measures regarding the issue since the case is now under the SC.

"There's oral argument before the Supreme Court so we'll have to take that first," Angeles said.

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Last January, the NCCA issued a cease-and-desist order against development firm DMCI Homes Inc. for violating Republic Act 10066 which protects the physical integrity of heritage sites.

Angeles explained that the TRO issued against Torre de Manila was only meant to slow down its construction while hearings are ongoing.

"We hold a hearing to determine first if it is cultural property. Second, if it is cultural property that must be saved and third if the cease-and-desist order must become permanent," Angeles said.

The NCCA counsel added that the oral arguments before the SC would also be an opportunity for DMCI to explain their side.

On the other hand, Angeles stressed that 99 percent of the cease-and-desist orders (CDO) that they have issued were obeyed.

"Others do not even wait for their CDOs they ask permission from us to demolish or to renovate. We have in fact one success story where we issued the CDO and the owner, realizing how important the structure is, has decided to restore its original form," Angeles explained.

Angeles also cited the case of Turkey where three skyscrapers were demolished for impairing Istanbul's historical sight line.

An oral argument is scheduled on June 30 for NCCA to explain its CDO against the said project.


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Sudden downpour floods Quezon City, Valenzuela roads By Mike Frialde (philstar.com) | Updated June 17, 2015 - 5:41pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Several roads in Quezon City and Valenzuela City were flooded by a sudden downpour on Tuesday, June 17, 2015. Google Earth

MANILA, Philippines — The sudden downpour that started at 4 p.m. Wednesday left several roads in Quezon City and Valenzuela City flooded and not passable to light vehicles.

According to the Flood Control Information Center of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (FCIC-MMDA), as of 5 pm yesterday, the vicinity of the V. Luna Hospital was flooded by 12 inches.

Also reported as flooded as of 5 p.m. were Timog corner Mother Ignacia St. (19 inches), Scout Lozano St.-Timog (37 inches) and Kalayaan Avenue-Kamias St. (11 inches).

In Valenzuela City, the MMDA-FCIC said the MacArthur-Fatima area was flooded by some 27 inches as of 5 p.m.

Flooding in other streets have subsided by 5 p.m., the MMDA-FCIC said.

According to the MMDA-FCIC, streets that are deep in flood of between 13 and 19 inches are declared as not passable to light vehicles.


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Cebu mall’s cinema ceiling collapses (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 17, 2015 - 12:00am 1 28 googleplus0 0


Rescue personnel attend to those injured after the ceiling of a theater collapsed. PAUL JUN E. ROSAROSO

MANILA, Philippines - Movie screenings at a shopping mall in Cebu City have been temporarily suspended, after half the ceiling of its cinema collapsed Monday night, injuring nine individuals.

Based on an ocular inspection at the Ayala Center Cebu Cinema 5, the collapse was caused by the heavy volume of water from the docking system, which was part of a centralized air conditioning unit, said city Councilor David Tumulak.

Tumulak said other water channels, such as pipes and fire sprinklers, were not displaced.

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said they were looking at a supposed lapse in maintenance, which might have caused the mechanical dysfunction of the air-conditioning system.

In an initial evaluation of the incident, the Cebu City Office of the Building Official (OBO) found a mechanical flaw in the structure of the shopping mall.

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“The initial findings of the building administrator of the mall and based on our inspection yesterday morning, the fire sprinkler discharged water that caused the collapse of the ceiling,” OBO assistant head Florante Catalan said, stressing that ceilings are not designed as receptacles of water.

Catalan said the Ayala management would be held liable if negligence was determined in the mechanical aspect of the building structure.

He asked all establishments in Cebu City to inspect the mechanical, structural, architectural, electrical aspects of their buildings to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

Cebu Holdings Inc. corporate communications manager Jeanette Japzon said response has been a challenge since Cinema 5 was rented by a third party and there were only two security personnel dispatched inside.

The cinema was rented by Dreamscape Network Inc. for a private screening attended by about 300 people.

Halfway through the movie, at around 8:50 p.m. Monday, water started dripping from the ceiling and the soundproofing material started falling.

In an interview with radio station dyAB, Dreamscape chief executive officer Mark Evans said water was still pouring even as they tried to rescue and evacuate the injured.

For its part, the Ayala management said in a statement that it is still investigating the cause of the incident.

“We regret that such an incident happened. Based on initial findings, the sprinkler system released water that caused the acoustic boards to fall. We are further investigating the cause,” the statement read.

“We assure the public that the safety of our customers continues to be a top priority in the mall and we are investigating to prevent recurrence of the incident,” it added. – May Miasco and Jean Marvette Demecillo/Freeman


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