MAYOR ANTONINO G. CALIXTO's

(Statement on the Close - Up forever Summer Incident)

On behalf of the City Government of Pasay, i would like to express our most heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives last May 22, 2016 during the Close-Up Forever Summer event held at the Mall of Asia concert Grounds.

This tragic turn of events is unacceptable.

Based on reports on social media, the victims allegedly died due to cardiac arrest resulting from overdose from use of illegal drugs. i call upon the PNP to press on with the investigation and to verify if the allegations are true and if so, to bring those responsible to justice.

The City Government will enact new procedures and protocols to make sure that similar events will not happen again. however, such measures will only work if it has the cooperation of all those involved: the event manager, the venue provider, the government agencies, and the public especially those who actually attend such events.

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Monday, May 23, 2016