Sandiganbayan nixes criminals raps vs. Valenzuela mayor in Kentex fire case

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the criminal charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) against Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian over the May 2015 Kentex factory fire that killed 74 factory workers.

In a 17-page resolution promulgated on Dec. 13, 2016, the Sandiganbayan Second Division said that Gatchalian acted in "good faith" in issuing the business permit to Kentex as he was merely implementing Valenzuela City Ordinance No. 12, Series of 2012.

The said Valenzuela City Ordinance allowed business establishments to comply with fire safety inspection certificate (FSIC) after the issuance of business permits.

Source: Philippines News Agency