Solon calls for probe into Manila Post Office fire
MANILA, Philippines — Manila 6th District Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr. on Tuesday sought a probe into the recent fire that hit the Manila Central Post Office.
In a privilege speech during the House of Representatives’ 1st Regular Session, Abante pointed to the historical losses caused by the fire.
“I therefore, Mister Speaker, call for a thorough investigation, not only to determine the cause of the fire. What brought about, or what could have contributed to such cause, and what should be done to ensure the prevention of fire from hitting our landmarks and natural heritage in our future?” said Abante.
“While investigation as to the cause of the fire is still to be concluded, there is no indication that it is caused by nature, then the great possibility, without any intention to point finger, that it could have been prevented.”
Abante also wants an evaluation of the integrity of iconic landmarks and national heritage sites as soon as possible, as they link generations and bridge the past and the future.
“Failing to restore this landmark, would result in a fragment of our identity shattered, a hole in our collective memory, a chapter in our story left incomplete,” said Abante.
Fire broke out at the Manila Central Post Office Sunday night, Damage was pegged at 300 million.