Families of factory fire victims sue Kentex owners


Posted at Jun 17 2015 06:02 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2015 02:02 AM

MANILA - The families of some of the victims in the deadly fire that hit the slippers factory of Kentex Manufacturing Corp. last May 13 have sued the owners of the firm.

They filed charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and physical injuries against Kentex president Beato Ang, general manager Ongkin Guan, and board of directors members Jose Tan, Charles Ng and Mary Grace Ching before the Valenzuela City Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday.

Also included in the criminal complaint was Cynthia Dimayuga, owner of CJC Manpower Services, a sub-contractor of Kentex.

The complainants also filed charges for violating Republic Act (RA) No. 6727 or the Wage Rationalization Act for not following the minimum wage and not providing the required holiday benefit package and overtime pay to the workers.

They also filed charges for failing to remit the workers' contributions to state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS).

The complainants pursued the case even if the families of other fire victims have already agreed to settle with Kentex owners.

Atty. Renato Paraiso, a counsel for Kentex, said 30 families have accepted the manufacturing firm's compensation offer in exchange for a quitclaim.

It has been a month since the slippers factory in Valenzuela was razed by a massive fire, leaving 72 workers dead. -- Reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM; Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News