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Owner of collapsed Porac supermarket under police custody

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 4/23/2019 Kaufman, Karl
A drone shot taken on Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019, shows the collapsed portions of the four-storey Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Central Luzon and many parts of Metro Manila on Monday afternoon, April 22, 2019. Seven people were killed while 81 others were hurt due to the earthquake, according to the NDRRMC as of Tuesday morning. Vhic Naluz via YouScoop © Vhic Naluz via YouScoop A drone shot taken on Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019, shows the collapsed portions of the four-storey Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Central Luzon and many parts of Metro Manila on Monday afternoon, April 22, 2019. Seven people were killed while 81 others were hurt due to the earthquake, according to the NDRRMC as of Tuesday morning. Vhic Naluz via YouScoop

The owner of the ill-fated Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, is now under the custody of the police, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said on Tuesday.

"Si Mr. Chu, he's under the custody of the Porac Municipal Station. He is under investigation para makita kung mayroong negligence," Albayalde told reporters.

Personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are already at the site of the supermarket to conduct assessment and determine what really caused it to collapse during Monday's magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said of all the infrastructures in the area, only Chuzon Supermarket collapsed.

"Kung mapatunayan na talagang may pagkukulang sila, mayroon siyang liability," Albayalde said. 

According to Albayalde, the owner was invited by authorities and he "voluntarily accepted the invitation." —Anna Felicia Bajo/KBK, GMA News

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