The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) confirmed on Sunday the death of five concertgoers who attended the annual Closeup Forever Summer Concert in Pasay City on Saturday evening.
Among the estimated crowd of 14,000 attendees, the Pasay City police identified the victims as:
1.Ken Migawa, 18
2. Bianca Fontejon, 18
3. Ariel Leal, 22
4. Eric Anthony Miller, 33
5. Lance Garcia, 36
Migawa, Fontejon, Leal, Miller and Garcia collapsed minutes apart and were found lying unconscious in separate areas on the concert premises while the party was ongoing.
The three were immediately rushed to San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay. The attending physician, Dr. Amado Flores, pronounced Garcia dead on arrival at 3:37 a.m. on Sunday while Leal died at 7:20 a.m. and Migawa at 5:00 p.m.
The other two fatalities Fontejon and American national Miller, were brought to Manila Doctors Hospital at 2:00 a.m. Miller died at 5:55 a.m. shortly after Fontejon was pronounced dead at 4:25 a.m. by Dr. Roberto Ruiz, the attending physician.
The causes of death of the five victims are still unknown but the separate statements issued by Closeup and SM Supermalls, said that they were in cooperation with probers to investigate the incident.
“We would like to express our sympathies (after) the unfortunate incide nt that happened at the Open Concert Grounds at MOA," The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia as saying.
“We are assisting the event organizers, Close Up Phil., its agencies, and the authorities in the investigation,” Garcia added.
Meanwhile, Chief Insp. Rolando Baula, Pasay police investigation chief said that, based on the reports released by the hospital, two of the victims suffered heart failure.
Baula also said that some of the victims’ parents had signed waivers asking investigators not to investigate into the cause of deaths when he asked them to cooperate with the probe.
PO3 Alberto Barangas identified Leal’s family to refuse to have an autopsy.
Investigator Giovanni Arcinue told Agence France-Presse (AFP), an international news agency headquartered in Paris, France, that the victims collapsed individually scattered in the concert grounds.
Arcinue said that the police were looking at the deaths possibly caused by heatstroke or dehydration due to the El Niño phenomenon experienced in the country. He also said that it was too early to point the deaths to drug-laced drinks that were available during the night of the concert, despite the claims of the netizens who attended the event.
An announcement from the Closeup Forever Summer organizers. pic.twitter.com/cE7G1P4ot9— Closeup Philippines (@CloseupPH) May 22, 2016
I suggest to @CloseupPH that in the wake of this incident, you may want to revert your profile pic here back to your brand logo.— Jane U. (@philippinebeat) May 22, 2016
@LakiChanko maybe. Some say that others drank too much. __— #SepanxAlltheWay (@WagAkooooo) May 22, 2016