An­other body found at NCCC Mall six months af­ter tragic fire

Business World - - THE NATION - Car­mencita A. Car­illo

AN­OTHER BODY was found at the burned down New City Com­mer­cial Cen­ter (NCCC) Mall in Ma-a on July 11, six months af­ter the tragic in­ci­dent that has now claimed 39 lives. The body was found amid the on­go­ing de­mo­li­tion of the build­ing. “Upon val­i­dat­ing with the con­trac­tor, we im­me­di­ately se­cured the area and in­formed the In­ter-agency Task Force and Bureau of Fire re­gard­ing this mat­ter. The Bureau of Fire (BFP), Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, and Scene of the Crime Op­er­a­tives were on site last night for proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion and trans­fer of the body to a safe place,” a com­pany state­ment said. The NCCC man­age­ment said, “We are now fo­cused on en­sur­ing the proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body and pre­serv­ing the dig­nity of the de­ceased.” Fire hit the home­grown mall on Dec. 23 last year which took sev­eral days to fully con­tain. Among those killed were 37 em­ploy­ees of call cen­ter SSI Philip­pines, Inc., and one mall em­ployee. The mall man­age­ment said fur­ther queries on the re­cov­ery of the body will be ad­dressed by the BFP Davao Re­gion of­fice. The In­ter-agency Ar­son Task Force (IATF) that in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent sub­mit­ted its fi­nal re­port to the De­part­ment of Jus­tice in March and is pend­ing ac­tion. The IATF rec­om­mended crim­i­nal and ad­min­is­tra­tive charges against 18 NCCC of­fi­cials, the SSI Philip­pines man­age­ment, AC Rock­port Con­struc­tion, and 13 of­fi­cials and per­son­nel from the Davao City Of­fice of the Build­ing Of­fi­cial, BFP-Davao, and the Philip­pine Eco­nomic Zone Author­ity. —

THE BURNED NCCC Mall, shown in this photo taken on Feb. 1 is now un­der­go­ing de­mo­li­tion.

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