50 faint, 1 hurt in Pasay con­cert

The Philippine Star - - METRO - By ROBERT­ZON RAMIREZ

More than 50 con­cert-go­ers fainted and at least one was in­jured when a stam­pede nearly oc­curred dur­ing free con­cert at a mall in Pasay City on Fri­day night, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

The con­cert’s or­ga­nizer, Coke Stu­dio PH, de­cided to stop the event shortly af­ter 140 po­lice of­fi­cers failed to con­trol the crowd, ac­cord­ing to Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Noel Flores, city po­lice chief.

The con­cert, at­tended by be­tween 15,000 and 20,000 per­sons, started at around 3 p.m. and was sus­pended by around 4:30 p.m., he said.

“This is an an­nual event, but as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous years hindi na­man ganyan kadami ang tao so tala­gang hindi na-con­trol (there were so many peo­ple com­pared to pre­vi­ous years so the crowd could not be con­trolled) kaya the or­ga­nizer de­cided to stop it to en­sure the safety of the peo­ple,” Flores said.

The city po­lice chief said some of the con­cert-go­ers were threat­en­ing the safety of the rest of the au­di­ence by throw­ing wa­ter bot­tles, en­gag­ing in horse­play and jump­ing over the bar­ri­cades.

He said the or­ga­niz­ers feared the un­ruly mem­bers of the crowd may have been un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal drugs but he said po­lice have not con­firmed re­ports of il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties at the event.

Coke Stu­dio PH said in a state­ment that they are re­set­ting the con­cert to the first quar­ter of 2019 fol­low­ing what hap­pened on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“We, to­gether with the artists, prom­ise a big­ger, bet­ter Coke Stu­dio con­cert for ev­ery­one. We will en­deavor to get a venue that can ac­com­mo­date more at­ten­dees,” Coke Stu­dio PH said in a state­ment.

As far as Flores is con­cerned, he said the or­ga­nizer could not be held li­able over the in­ci­dent as it acted swiftly when it sus­pended the con­cert.

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