Makati orders closure of Phoenix gas station tagged in suspected leak


Posted at Nov 05 2018 04:46 PM

MANILA - The City of Makati ordered the closure of a Phoenix Petroleum gas station in Barangay Bangkal for operating without a mayor's permit. 

In the closure order issued Monday, Makati's Office of the Mayor said it will file appropriate charges against the firm for violating the city's revised revenue code.

This was the same Phoenix station tagged in a suspected gas leak along Estrella Street. The station remains closed, pending the results of third-party tests to determine the source of the leak. 

Residents along Evangelista, Estrella, Heneral Luna, Heneral Macabulos, and nearby streets earlier complained of foul smell from the gas station.

The streets were closed last Wednesday and was re-opened on Sunday after authorities said the roads registered zero-explosivity level, which means that it is safe from any threat of gas explosion.

Personnel Makati Health Office earlier visited Barangay Bangkal to collect water samples as they seek to determine if household water has been affected by the gas leak.

The water samples will undergo an 18-hour incubation period at the Makati City Hall Water Lab. Based on their findings, the Makati Health Office will come up with recommendations for the barangay. 

--reports from Kevin Manalo and Mike Delizo, ABS-CBN News