(UPDATED 6:04 p.m. PH time) One of the fatalities in a recent concert in Pasay City tested positive for illegal drugs, an official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a press conference on Thursday, June 2.
Dr. Rommel Papa, chief of staff for NBI’s Forensic Investigation Services and Behavioral Sciences Division, said that the victim, whom he did not identify, tested positive for ecstasy and “bath salts”.
Of the five, only two – Bianca Fontejon, 18, and Lance Garcia, 36 – were tested with permission from their families who also agreed to have the results released to media.
There was no report on the three other fatalities — Ariel Leal, 22; Ken Migawa, 18; and American Eric Anthony Miller, 23 – after their families refused the NBI examination.
Migawa was taken by relatives to the Heritage Funeral Homes, Taguig City, last May 23, police said.
The five died during the Close Up Forever Summer concert on May 21 at the Mall of Asia’s open parking area in Pasay City.
To complete the test, the NBI used blood and content from internal organs such as the brain, the kidney, and the stomach.
Papa urged the public not to judge the victims because it was not certain whether they voluntarily took the drinks, were forced on them, or did not know that these were spiked with illegal drugs.
In another press conference on May 31, Papa said that the drugs sold at the Mall of Asia’s concert grounds were a mixture of “ecstasy, synthetic cathinones, also known as bath salts, and cocaine”. He referred to these as “mind-altering drugs”, which affected one’s thinking, behavior, perception, and emotion. Papa also emphasized that these drugs were “not fit for human consumption.”
The NBI on Wednesday, June 1, also presented to the media five new suspects who sold drugs at the Pasay City concert. They were reported to have celebrity clients.