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Baguio politikos blame contractor for Kennon Road landslide

Jul 23, 2015 @ 0:29

Two city councilors in Baguio City are asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to investigate the culpability of its private contractor to the July 13 landslide in Kennon Road that killed two people.

Councilors Elaine Sembrano and Betty Lourdes Tabanda said the contractor, 3K Rock Engineering, was building a retaining wall near the accident site at the boundary of Baguio and Tuba, Benguet.

Sembrano hinted this might have caused the landslide, especially if the contractor did not put up safety and preventive measures.

3K’s legal counsel Rocky Balisong maintained that “what took place was an accident.”

DPWH-Cordillera Director Edilberto Carabbacan has already cleared the contractor of any liability.

He pointed out that the retaining wall remained standing after the landslide.

Government geologists would inspect the area next week to examine the extent of the damage, said Fay Apil, Cordillera director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

Carabbacan said the DPWH redesigned the retaining wall to strengthen sections of the mountain that eroded along the more than 100-year-old zigzag road.

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