Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

President's pledge over fire deaths

The Philippine president says charges will be filed against those responsible for a factory fire last month that killed 72 people.

President Benigno Aquino III said that local officials and fire bureau personnel who ignored the rubber slipper factory's failure to meet safety requirements would be among those charged.

He said he did not want a repeat of the tragedy that befell workers of the factory and has ordered the inspection of some 300,000 factories in central Manila.

Mr Aquino said an investigation showed Kentex Manufacturing Corp in Valenzuela city, a northern Manila suburb, failed to install an automatic fire sprinkler system and a protected fire exit inside the facility.

He also said the city government allowed it to operate despite the absence of a fire safety inspection certificate.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph