A BODY said to be have been burned beyond recognition and recovered from the Waterfront Manila
Pavilion is now being subjected to DNA examination for purposes of identification.
Initial reports though that have reached Insp. Reden Alumno, chief arson investigator of
the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Manila, said that the victim could be that of Jocris
Banang, the operator of the closed-circuit television (CCTV), as the body was found under the data
video recording equipment.
Meanwhile, fire again hit the third floor of the said 22-storey hotel located near the
corner of United Nations Avenue and Orosa Street in Ermita, Manila, at 4:56 p.m., hours after the
fire had been reported contained. The fire was put under control after about an hour and was said
to have been caused by burning embers.
Estimated damage to property was placed at around P150 million.