PNP REPORT ON GLORIETTA 2 EXPLOSION: SLOPPY INVESTIGATION OR A DIRECTED CONCLUSION?By Ruffy Biazon On October 31, 2007 Under Glorietta Bombing, Governance
“The PNP’s conclusion that the Glorietta 2 explosion was an accident may be the result of a sloppy investigation or a product of a desired conclusion.” This was the reaction of Muntinlupa City Congressman Ruffy Biazon to latest news reports saying that the PNP has made a conclusion that the blast at the Makati mall was caused by an explosion of the septic tank due to the combination of methane and diesel fumes in the basement.
PNP Chief Director General Avelino Razon cites the “preponderance of evidence” leading to the conclusion that it was an accidental explosion. But Biazon, Senior Vice Chair of the Committee on National Defense and Security asserts that the preponderance of evidence is in the favor of a deliberate explosion.
“Up to this time, the PNP has not satisfactorily explained the presence of RDX found by their own technicians in the blast site. Weeks after the findings were reported to the President in a meeting of the National Security Council, they have not disputed the report but have actually upheld it. But they try to explain the presence of RDX by saying that it is a substance found in deodorants and cosmetics”, Biazon noted.
“But I challenge them to produce a deodorant or cosmetic brand that contains RDX in order to prove their assertion that it is commonly found in consumer products”, Biazon said. He added that the explanation that RDX can be found in aerosols can only be proven by hard evidence, “not just the say so of the PNP”.
“I find it very difficult to accept that RDX is found in consumer products such as deodorants and aerosols because all information we have gathered indicate that RDX is an explosive substance capable of doing harm not just by the explosion it creates but even by the mere prolonged exposure to humans. So how can it be an ingredient in a consumer product?”, Biazon asked.
“In fact, RDX is classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a “possible human carcinogen” based on the agency’s laboratory testing. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says that RDX can cause seizures in humans and is considered a hazardous substance”, the congressman revealed.
Biazon pointed out that in the United States Munitions List, RDX is listed as a Category V explosive, subject to regulation by the United States Federal Law in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 40, the law on the Importation, Manufacture, Distribution and Storage of Explosive Materials. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes up with the U.S. Munitions List which they use to implement laws against illegal use and possession of firearms and explosives, according to the three-term congressman.
Congressman Biazon also disputed the theory proposed by the PNP that the RDX could be found in diesel or methane or the combination of both. “That’s a crazy proposition”, Biazon opined. “Even a high school chemistry student can say that’s impossible. RDX is a compound containing nitrates while diesel and methane are hydrocarbons. How can the two have RDX in them?”, said Biazon. He also added that RDX is not found in nature.
“It is clear that the findings of RDX in the Glorietta 2 blast site points to the high probability of the presence of a bomb in the mall. I am wondering why the PNP is ignoring the evidence and insists that it was an accident”, Biazon opined.
The congressman observed that even the accidental explosion theory as presented by the PNP is not convincing. “The PNP has not explained how the accident happened. Yes, accidental methane gas explosions do happen, but how did it happen in this particular case? In order for them to convince the public, they should present scientific evidence to show how the explosion was triggered. Until now, all they are presenting are the elements of a possible accidental explosion. They have not presented the process by which that supposed accidental explosion happened”, Biazon pointed out.
But for Congressman Biazon, the most critical piece of evidence is the RDX. “The RDX is a nagging question that needs to be answered satisfactorily. It points to the strong suspicion of an explosion deliberately set off. It could have even been the trigger to the explosion of the diesel or septic tanks”, he averred.
“To set the RDX aside with a simple unfounded explanation such as its presence in deodorants is unacceptable. If the PNP is unable to conduct a thorough investigation into this, I will pursue a investigation in congress. It will be an injustice to the innocent people who died if we do not have a proper closure on this incident”, Biazon concluded.