Garments factory owners charged over deadly fire
After almost a month of investigation, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has filed criminal cases against owners of the fire-stricken garments factory in a residential area that left 15 persons dead. Mayor Joy Belmonte said the QCPD filed on Wednesday complaints of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against the owners of MGC Wearhouse Inc. namely Catherine Sy, Lina Cavilte, Johanna Cavilte and Geoffrey Cavilte. The complaints took time to be filed as QCPD investigators had to locate the families of the fire victims in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro province, to get their statements. The fire hit the factory at No. 68 Kenny Drive, Pleasant View, in Barangay Tandang Sora at 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 31. Most of the 15 persons who died were stay-in workers and carpenters sleeping inside the two-story house. Michael John Cavilte, 44, one of the owners, also died.