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House starts probe of deadly Valenzuela factory fire with a moment of silence


The Joint Committees on Labor and Public Order and Safety of the House of Representatives commenced on Wednesday its investigation in aid of legislation on the Kentex Manufacturing fire incident that happened in Valenzuela City on May 13.
 
A moment of silence was offered for the fire victims at the onset of the public hearing.
 
Resource persons from different agencies including the Department of Labor and Employment, Social Security System, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philhealth and International Labor Organization attended the said inquiry.
 
However no representatives of the fire victims were able to come.
 
On the part of Kentex Manufacturing Corporation, owner of the footwear factory that was gutted by fire, only Atty. Ferdinand Topacio showed up to represent Charlie Ng, one of the directors of Kentex.
 
The investigation was called for to determine who is responsible and accountable for the incident in order to lay down more efficient urban fire safety regulations and prevent the occurrence of a similar tragedy in the future.

Seventy-two people died in the fire, with 69 bodies burned beyond recognition. 

The Philippine National Police Criminal Laboratory said it may take a month before most of the victims are identified through DNA testing. —KG, GMA News