Organizers and authorities may have committed secucrity lapses in a concert in Pasay City in May when five people died allegedly due to illegal drugs distributed at the venue, according to members of the House of Representatives on Monday, June 6.
House members investigating the Close Up Forever Summer incident at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) last May 21 cited the organizers’ “lack of oversight” when, according to police who testified at the hearing, there was no request for their deployment to the area.
Police officials said that what they were presented with was a security plan.
Close-Up, the sponsor of the event, was in charge of conceptualization, along with overall coordination, while its partner, Activation Advertising, was in charge of security and medical services.
Close-Up said following the May 21 incident, it has imposed a moratorium on similar events until the risks were mitigated.
For its part, Activation Advertising said its bouncers were outsourced, and were instructed to frisk all people for prohibited items.
Activation Advertising claimed it asked police to go inside the venue for visibility although a representative of MOA said the police’s role was limited to traffic and guarding the perimeter.
Of the five fatalities, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said one tested positive for illegal drugs.