Bacolod City councilor doubts speculation, calls for deeper scrutiny
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The recent ceiling collapse in a Domingo Lacson National High School (DLNHS) classroom is being investigated as a burglary case. In a radio interview, Engr. Bernabe Gilbor insisted “substandard” materials were not used for the Barangay Banago school and affirmed no changes were made in the design.
Earlier, Bacolod City District Engineering Office head, Engr. Abraham Villareal, said they are currently looking into claims by contracting company Hummingbird Construction regarding alleged robberies that may have contributed to the collapse as assailants often entered through the ceiling.
Gilbor backed the claims saying, “It is possible that there were two or more thieves who attempted to rob the classroom by gaining entrance to the ceiling, which ultimately resulted in its collapse.”
He also pointed out evidence suggesting unlawful entry, including removed electrical lines and 42 cases of door knobs removed from various classrooms.
However, Bacolod City Councilor Renecito Novero expressed doubt over the speculation and called for a deeper investigation into the matter.
He said it is very unlikely robbers would pass through the ceiling as the ceiling collapse occurred on the third floor.
The day before the collapse, School Principal Josette Terora filed a report after noticing cracks along the ceiling of the third floor classroom. The following day, she was later informed the ceiling had collapsed./DGB, WDJ