2 of 5 dead in Pasay City concert succumbed to heart attack

MANILA, Philippines — Two out of the five persons killed at the Closeup Forever Summer concert in Pasay City on Saturday have reportedly succumbed to massive cardiac arrest, police said Monday.

Chief Inspector Rolandio Baula of Pasay City Investigation Division said based on autopsy examination conducted by Dr. Wilfredo Tierra of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Lance Garcia, 36, and Bianca Fontejon, 18, both died due to massive heart attack.

“Ayon sa initial findings ng autopsy examination na ginawa ni Dr. Wilfredo Tierra ng NBI lumalabas si Lance Garcia at Bianca Fontejon same lang yung cause ng death, massive heart attack.” he said.

Baula said that they are still trying to figure out the cause of the massive heart attack on the two fatalities.

The NBI will also test the organs of the fatalities to determine the triggering factor behind the heart attack.

“Kailangan ito (organs) to determine kung ano nagtrigger at nagkaroon sila ng massive heart attack maaaring may nakain or nainom. Wala pang findings kung ano nakain or nainom nila. Makakapag establish tayo ng facts kung makakuha na tayo ng results sa toxicology examination,” he explained.

Two more fatalities, Eric Anthony Miller, 33, an American national; and Ken Migawa, 18, are still under autopsy examination.

However, the family of another victim Ariel Leal, 22, has refused to have his body undergo autopsy examination.

”Yung Ariel Leal nag waive na ho yung family niya sa pag autopsy. Ayaw na nila ipa-autopsy,” said Baula.

Investigators are looking into four possible angles as to what caused the death of the victims. These include illegal drugs overdose, food poisoning, heat stroke and the possibility of a stampede.

The Pasay City Police Station Investigation Division and NBI are already conducting joint operations for thorough investigation on the case.

Both Pasay City Police Station Investigation Division and NBI went to the place where the death happened to collect pieces of evidence such as alcohol bottles and three inhalers.

“On going investigation pa, nandoon pa lang tayo sa pagtatanong sa mga witnesses. May drugs na kung tawagin ay ‘dirty shabu’, parang ang tama niyan e nagpapalpitate o bumibilis yung palpitation ng heart beat kung sino ang magte take nito. Hindi malayong nagkakaroon ng mga illegal drugs sa mga ganitong nagaganap na concert o event. Pero hindi pa natin ito nako-confirm. Nagka-conduct pa kami ng investigation sa insidente,” Baula noted. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/northboundasia.com