Philippines

37 persons still unaccounted in NCCC mall fire

President Rodrigo Duterte consoles the relatives of one of the victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall Davao upon hearing the news that their loved ones may have zero chance of survival as the fire inside the mall continues to rage as of dawn of December 24, 2017. Joining the President is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. (Photo by Joey Dalumpines/Presidential Photo) 

DAVAO CITY (Philippines News Agency) — Authorities released the names of 37 persons believed to have been trapped in the fire that gutted the NCCC Mall in Davao City on Dec. 23.

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “zero chance of survival” during a meeting with the families of the still missing persons, most of whom are employees of Business Processing Outsourcing company SSI Philippines that holds office at the fourth floor of the said mall.

President Rodrigo Duterte consoles a relative of one of the victims of the NCCC mall fire during his visit in Davao City on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2017. (Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo) 
President Rodrigo Duterte meets with families of workers trapped inside the NCCC mall in Maa, Davao City on Dec. 24, 2017. (Photo by Joey Dalumpines/Presidential Photo)
President Rodrigo Duterte cries as he meets the relatives of the victims trapped inside the NCCC Mall in Davao City on Dec. 24, 2017. (Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo)

Duterte told the families face to face that it is almost impossible that there could still be survivors in the fire that gutted the entire mall starting nine in the morning of December 23 and until the morning of December 24.

Experts say that even if the trapped call center agents were able to keep themselves away from the fire, the heavy smoke could still have killed them in minutes.

Here are the names of still unaccounted persons:

1. Jessica Solis
2. Gantioco Celestial Jr
3. Ian Kiem Adlawan
4. Regine Generales
5. Christen Joy Garzon
6. Apple Jane Celades
7. Iana Apalacio
8. Jonas Basalan
9. Jim Benedict Quimsing
10. Kurtchin Angela Bangoy
11. Mary Joy Daluro
12. Randy Balcao
13. Rosyl Montanez
14. Missy Rose Artiaga
15. Analiza Penarejo
16. Christine Joy Ferraren
17. Ivan Roble
18. Christine Alviola
19. Alexandra Moreno Castillo
20. Hongijangjian- family not interviewed
21. Desiree Gayle Zacarias
22. Jesseca Samontina
23. Mary Louielyn Bongcayao
24. Nancy Loyd Abad
25. Jeffrey Sismar
26. Johani Matundo
27. Joyne Pabelonia
28. Elyn Joy Yorsua
29. Shiela Mae Bacaling
30. Lister Jade Entera
31. Charlyn Liwaya
32. Mikko Demafeliz
33. Roderick Antipuesto
34. Rhenzi Nova Muyco
35. Roderick Constantinopla
36. Venus Joy Kimpo
37. Janine Joy Obo

Meanwhile, the Davao City Council will have an emergency session on December 25 to allow the City Government to release financial aid not just to the victims of the fire but the thousands of Dabawenyos who were affected by Tropical Storm Vinta.

The City assured the victims of help in their most trying time that came a few days before Christmas. (BOT/PNA)

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