Ombudsman explains why Mayor Gatchalian doesn’t deserve acquittal in Kentex fire tragedy
The Office of the Ombudsman believes that the Sandiganbayan Second Division may have erred in acquitting Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian of graft and multiple homicide over the deadly Kentex footwear factory blaze that took the lives of 74 persons in 2015.
Because of this, the Ombudsman filed a motion for reconsideration which sought a reversal of the December decision of the anti-graft court on Gatchalian.
“By and large, the evidence on record is more than sufficient to engender a well-founded belief that the accused herein are probably guilty of the crimes charged and should be held for trial,” read the motion for reconsideration.
The Ombudsman pointed out that “the accused knew very well that Kentex did not have the required Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) but they still issued the questioned business permits.”
“Thus, Kentex was able to continue with its business operations without complying with the fire safety inspection permits,” it stressed.