Closeup: We are fully cooperating with the authorities

Image capture from Closeup's post via Facebook
  • Closeup issued a statement saying it is fully cooperating with authorities
  • 5 persons who were found unconscious in Closeup’s concert died on Sunday
  • An estimated 14,000 people attended the Closeup Forever Summer

Closeup has issued a statement regarding the tragedy which happened on the Closeup Forever Summer concert in Pasay City; saying that the company is now fully cooperating with the authorities.

In a statement that was posted on Facebook, Closeup said the company regrets that despite having stringent measures, the tragedy still took place in the event with an estimated 14,000 attendees.

“Closeup and its organizing agency, Activations Advertising, and staging agency, Eventscape, are deeply saddened by the events that transpired on the early hours of May 22, 2016. We regret that despite the very stringent measures and precautions we have put in place to ensure the safety and security of all attendees involved, this incident still transpired. As such, strict protocols were followed to immediately provide medical assistance, as well as rush all those involved to the nearest hospital where they can receive emergency care,” the statement said.

At present, the Closeup said it is reaching out to those who are needing medical assistance and cooperating with the authorities regarding the case.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who’ve passed away, and commit support in their time of bereavement. Likewise, our efforts are now focused on supporting those needing medical assistance so they may fully recover. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in the ongoing police investigations,” it noted.

Meanwhile, the statement, which has generated over 11,000 reactions as of posting, received different comments from the social media users.

“I applaud Closeup for coming out with a statement right away on the incident. This was definitely one of the biggest events I’ve been too in Manila and the security was in fact quite stringent going in and things were organized and well run. At the end of the day it is up to the individuals or friends around you to make sure you are okay. It’s not just the young teens but the adults. Be responsible and take care of one another,” F. Filamor wrote.

“Come on, Close up! I was there last night I saw the rampant use of drugs! Everywhere and in all forms! How could you even allow those? And the bouncers/security personnel there were just standing, staring at those kids who are obviously taking drugs through inhalers and putting pills into their drinks! I was not shocked to know that there were reported deaths. Condolence to the family especially to the parents who lost their children,” said T. Dela Cruz.

Five persons, who were found unconscious during Closeup’s concert, died in less than 24 hours. They are American Eric Anthony Miller, 33; Bianca Fontejon, 18; Ariel Leal; businessman Lance Garcia; and Ken Migawa, 18.

According to investigating officer Giovanni Arcinue, the victims do not know each other.

“They just collapsed individually. They did not know each other. They were all in different places at the time,” he said.

He said the cause of their collapse was still unknown although police were looking at possible heatstroke or dehydration. He also said it was too early to say that the deaths were caused by drug-laced drinks, despite rumors spreading on social media.

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