No one to blame for Pinatubo tragedy, says Capas cop chief

CAPAS, Tarlac, Philippines – “No agency or anybody should be blamed or made accountable.”

Thus said this town’s police chief, Superintendent Joyce Patrick Sangalang, yesterday, citing the results of his investigation into the death of three foreigners and three locals amid bad weather in the Mt. Pinatubo area last Thursday.

“The incident is purely an act of nature, unforeseen and unpredictable,” said Sangalang in a memorandum to Senior Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, provincial police director, adding that “all precautionary measures were taken into consideration by all concerned agencies.”

Earlier, Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo de la Cruz, Central Luzon police director, ordered Lacadin to investigate the incident to find out if Capas local officials could be held for “criminal negligence” for allowing the tourists to trek up to the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo despite the bad weather last Aug. 6.

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