DOJ panel confirms methane gas caused 2007 Glorietta blast, not bomb

A fact-finding panel of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said a methane gas buildup--not a bomb--caused the Glorietta blast in October 2007, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. The panel’s report, which they submitted to the DOJ on Wednesday, confirmed the findings of the panel that investigated the explosion in 2008.

The DOJ panel said biogas-a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide-and other volatile compounds accumulated in the Glorietta basement because only one of the five drainage pumps was functioning from June to September 2007. There was also a lack of ventilation and exhaust system, according to ABS-CBNNews.com.

Retired Col. Allan Sollano of the Philippine Army’s Explosives Ordnance Division previously said an improvised explosives device (IED) or a bomb caused the explosion. The DOJ panel said this claim is "not worthy of credence." They said IED components such as a power source, an initiator and explosives were not recovered at the site. The seat of explosion and a diesel tank identified as the origin of the blast also tested negative for explosives, according to the panel.

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