Ayala firms sued over Two Serendra blast

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2014 11:48 AM | Updated as of Jan 07 2014 04:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The owner of the condominium unit at Two Serendra in Bonifacio Global City that suffered damages following an explosion last year filed a multi-million peso damage suit against three firms before a Pasig City trial court on Monday.

Marianne Cayton, owner of Unit 501-B, in her 24-page suit, sought damages amounting to P30.2 million against Alveo Land Corp., Bonifacio Gas Corp., and Makati Devt Corp.

Cayton sought the replacement of her fully-furnished unit in another Ayala Corp. residential or condominium project with a market value of not less than P20 million, or be paid the said amount.

She also urged the court to order the firms to pay her P5 million in moral damages, P5 million in exemplary damages, and P200,000 in attorney's fees.

An investigation into the incident found that the explosion was due to a gas leak; the said condominium uses a centralized piped-in LPG system.

Cayton, represented by lawyer Raymond Fortun, stressed that the "defendants failed to provide sufficient safeguards in the use of the said system."

She pointed out that violations to the Fire Code of the Philippines were evident.

"The negligence becomes more apparent in the fact that on the fateful night of May 31, 2012... the escaped LPG vapour remained undetected for approximately 13 hours of normal building occupancy," the complaint read.

Four people died from the blast, including Angelito San Juan, who rented Cayton's unit.

The complaint was received in Pasig City, but will be raffled off to a court in Taguig City.