Serendra unit owner: Renovation nothing to do with blast

Posted at Jun 06 2013 11:46 AM | Updated as of Jun 06 2013 10:45 PM

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MANILA - Marianne Cayton, owner of Unit 501 of Two Serendra which exploded last Friday, believes the unit's renovation had nothing to do with the blast.

Atty. Raymond Fortun, lawyer of the California-based Cayton, said the renovation was not that extensive to affect the unit's gas pipeline.

He said the wall that was ripped apart by the explosion was untouched and that the only things that were moved in that area were the washer and dryer cabinet.

Fortun confirms the renovation was completed just days before the blast.

"They just took away one wall and made a new partition to divide the unit into a 2-bedroom from single bedroom. But whether the kitchen was involved, no. I saw the plans and the entire kitchen remained untouched," he told ANC.

Meanwhile, Angelito San Juan, tenant of the unit at the time of the blast, remains in intensive care unit of Saint Luke's Hospital in Global City.

Fortun says before San Juan was taken to the hospital, he was able to talk to Herminia Ochoa, the aunt of Cayton, who was also in Serendra.

"He said: 'I touched the door handle. I heard the explosion. I was thrown to the ground and I felt I was electrocuted.'"

Fortun believes the investigation will not be conclusive without the testimony of San Juan.

Cayton is scheduled to return to the Philippines tomorrow to visit San Juan and to help in the investigation.

Mornings@ANC, June 6, 2013