MANILA, Philippines - One person was killed after his car caught fire and exploded at the driveway of Fully Booked, Serendra 2 at the Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City past noon Tuesday.
Police identified the victim as Remigio Ang of Bacolod City, who owns Unit 502 A in Serendra 2. Investigators said the victim was driving his black Honda Civic with plate number TNM-865 when the car exploded at 12:20 p.m.
Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, Philippine National Police spokesman, said the victim was alone in the car when it exploded. Before the incident, Ang reportedly went to Landmark mall in Makati City around 9 a.m. before going to Taguig.
"His wife owns one of the stores in Serendra near Fully Booked...He does not appear to be a suicide bomber," Espina told ANC's Dateline Philippines.
Crime scene and ordnance investigators said it was unlikely that a bomb caused the explosion after failing to find lacerations on the victim's body, which is usually caused by shrapnel from bomb fragments.
Investigators said a can on the vehicle's passenger seat may provide clues as to the cause of the blast.
Ayala Land spokesman Jorge Marco said electrical damage might have caused the blast. He added that the blast did not damage the Fully Booked store.
He said Ayala Land is fully cooperating with the police investigation.
Blogger Judd Sta. Maria, who also works in the area, said he immediately ran out of his office after seeing security personnel rushing to Serendra. He said he heard the explosion around 12:30 p.m..
Sta. Maria told ANC that the car's explosion "was like an earthquake."
He was able to immediately upload photos of the burnt car in his blog site http://juddstamaria.com/. With a report from Noel Alamar, radio dzMM