By NITZ ARANCON
THE chairman of the provincial board’s committee on environmental protection and ecology on Thursday ruled out arson in the fire that consumed piles of the controversial garbage from South Korea in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental two weeks ago.
Provincial board member Gerardo Sabal III, the committee chairman, concluded the inquiry into the fire that broke out at VNS Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. yard at the Phividec Industrial Estate.
Sabal noted that the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Fire Protection and Phividec all reported that the fire in Sitio Buguac, Barangay Santa Cruz, Tagoloan, was a result of spontaneous combustion.
“Kana kunong basura nga madugay og bulad sa init ug ulan, mag-produce kuno kana sa chemical nga gitawag og methane gas ug tungod sa init, mo-spark kuno ’tong methane gas. Ma-o nang ma-produce dayon ang kalayo, mao nang masunog,” Sabal said.
He said the customs bureau’s separate findings also showed that.
Sabal said he could not say if all members of the committee were convinced that the fire was a result of spontaneous combustion.
He said he has asked the customs bureau and Phividec to submit copies of their officials reports on their separate investigation to the committee by Tuesday.
“Verbal man lang gud tong ilang gisulti sa among hearing, ma-o nga ako silang gi-require nga mag-submit sila sa akong committee sa written reports aron ang akong committee maka-recommend sa among plenary session sa Sanguniang Panlalawigan,” he said.
Sabal said the findings of the BFP, BOC and Phividec would form part of his committee’s official report.
Earlier, Rep. Juliette Uy of Misamis Oriental’s 2nd District said the fire at the Verde Soko yard was “destructive arson.”