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Davao City mall fire victims to undergo DNA testing Tuesday

The bodies of the 36 victims of the fatal blaze at a Davao City mall will undergo DNA testing on Tuesday to correctly determine their identities, according to a report on Super Radyo dzBB by RGMA Davao’s Arnel Cortez.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the bodies of the call center agents who succumbed to the fire were retrieved on Monday.

The families of the victims had earlier called for an expedited retrieval process for their loved ones, who were trapped inside the building after the fire reached their offices.

It has also yet to be known whether or not the New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) Mall Davao underwent annual fire inspections, said Fire Superintendent Joanne Vallejo, spokesperson of the Bureau of Fire Protection, in an interview on Unang Balita on Tuesday.




She declined to provide information on what may have caused the fire pending the results of the BFP investigation but said electrical problems are generally the leading cause of fire.

The NCCC mall was engulfed by fire starting around 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, December 23, trapping several people inside. An official of the BFP, and later, President Rodrigo Duterte himself, said the chances of survival for the dozens missing might be “zero.”

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered an investigation that would seek to determine the presence of criminal liability linked to the fire. —Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas/KG, GMA News


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