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The total reported injured from the cinema ceiling collapsing incident has increased from 6 to 9 people as reported by Ayala mall. Initial reports stated only 6 were injured and 1 was hospitalized.
CEO, Mark Evans, of the Dreamscape Networks, the firm that exclusively booked Cinema 5 last Monday June 15, 2015, called the Ayala staff “incompetent” because of how they handled the situation. He explained that the security personnel did not immediately enter the theater when the accident happened. Evans observed that the officers remained in the exit hallway, staring at each other, appearing clueless on what to do. And when he shouted at them to bring cutters “so we could cut the steel and start removing portions of the ceiling,” they did not take action, as stated in an article by GMA Network, Inc. “They made no apology, and had no consideration for what had happened,” Evans said.
Emergency respondents arrived approximately 25 minutes later, according to Evans, and security officers arrived after the theater had been cleared out only to stop people from taking pictures and videos of the scene. They neither offered any information nor seemed to show remorse regarding the incident, Evans added.
Ayala, however, insists that their emergency team had responded “immediately” and that “immediate medical attention” had also been given. The firm has refused to allow the mall to pay for the medical bills of the injured.
Although Ayala had cited the sprinkler system as the cause for the accident, investigators are doubting that it was the main reason behind the collapsing of the ceiling. Dave Tumulak, city councilor and chairman of the Cebu City Disaster Response Team, said that the trigger that activates the sprinklers in case of a fire, remained intact. Tumulak postulates that something might have hit the sprinklers which caused the release of the water. This would then possibly be the “conclusive and real” source of the collapse of the ceiling. The mall management has been given 7 days by the Office of the Building Official (OBO) to identify the source and complete the necessary repairs and modifications.
Because of this entire incident, the city government has ordered for a check and report from all of the city’s cinema managers. Mayor Michael Rama is still waiting for a report from Ayala mall management due today, June 22.