Serendra unit owner 'traumatized', vouches for tenant


Posted at Jun 03 2013 01:40 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2013 05:26 AM

MANILA - The US-based owner of Two Serendra’s unit 501 that was hit by a powerful explosion last Friday has been traumatized by the incident, ABS-CBN learned. 

Owner Marian Cayton Castillo, who is based in Anaheim, California, told ABS-CBN that she is "very traumatized" by the explosion that killed 3 people and injured 5 more last Friday. 

She also confirmed that the tenant, Angelito San Juan, is a family friend and that she can vouch for him. This is after police said San Juan is now a "person of interest" in the investigation. 

San Juan suffered third degree burns in various parts of his body as a result of the blast. He is recuperating in the intensive care unit of St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in Global City, Taguig.

Castillo said she does not expect to travel to Manila soon and that her lawyer will issue a statement today. She also said that she bought unit 501 for a "pre-selling" price a long time ago.

Meanwhile, separate sources, both of whom live in Two Serendra, said unit 501 was being renovated until roughly the third week of May before San Juan came to live there. 

Friday's explosion knocked down a wall of the Serendra unit, which fell on top of a passing Abenson truck killing 3 people. 

On Monday,  Interior and Local government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II said the possibility that a bomb set off the explosion in Two Serendra in Taguig last Friday evening is getting slimmer. This is after three teams of bomb-sniffing dogs failed to detect any scent of bomb powder in the area, and that bomb experts have yet to recover any triggering device from the scene.

"Wala silang nakikitang triggering device o mga electronics na karaniwan na nakikita sa bomba. Hindi conclusive pero pababa ng pababa ang possibility na bomba ito," Roxas told dzMM. -- with reports from Gigi Grande, ABS-CBN News