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AN AREA OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT AFFECTED

Fire hits Comelec building; probers checking for arson

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 05:15 AM August 01, 2022
Firetrucks at the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila. STORY: Fire hits Comelec building; probe checking for arson

‘UNDER INVESTIGATION’ | Fire fighters arrive at the Comelec building on Sunday night. The fire was on second alarm about five minutes after it started but was placed under control an hour later. (Photo by RAM NABONG / INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines — A fire hit the seventh floor of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters at Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, on Sunday evening.

Initial reports said the blaze started shortly before 7 p.m. and was put out by firefighters around 8:15 p.m.

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The Comelec has offices on the fifth, seventh, and eighth floors of the building, which is also the office address of the Intramuros Administration and other agencies.

Servers, vaults safe

Early Sunday evening, Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said one section of Comelec’s Information Technology Department (ITD) on the seventh floor was affected.

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But he added that all Comelec servers and vaults at the ITD and all equipment and documents in all offices and departments at the main office were safe, intact, undamaged, and secure.

He and Comelec Executive Director Bartolome Sinocruz were outside the Palacio that night.

“Comelec security reported all personnel are safe and all accounted for. BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection) is on top of the situation and the fire is under control,” Laudiangco later told reporters.

Yet in another statement late Sunday night, Laudiangco said “arson investigation is being conducted accordingly.”

The fire reached the second alarm at 7:02 p.m., was placed under control at 8:05 p.m., and was eventually put out at 8:16 p.m., according to the BFP.

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