Two more fatalities from the concert in Pasay City last May tested positive for alcohol and illegal drugs, which were found to be “more than what their bodies could take,” according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory on Tuesday, June 7.
Chief Superintendent Manuel Aranas, director of the PNP Crime Laboratory, was quoted as saying on radio that ampethamine, para-methoxy amphetamine, MDMA or methyline dioxy amphetamine, and MDC or methylene dioxy cathinone, aside from alcohol, were found in the bodies of Ken Miagawa and Eric Anthony Miller.
Miagawa and Miller were two of the five fatalities in Close-Up Forever Summer concert at the Mall of Asia grounds last May 21. The other three were Bianca Fontejon, 18; Ariel Leal and Lance Garcia.
Citing pathology findings, Aranas said the victims’ brains were swollen, their hearts damaged due to excessive palpitations, their lungs swollen and kidneys destroyed due to the intake of the four illegal substances.
Aranas said traces of ecstasy mixed with alcohol were also found in the bodies of Miagawa and Miller. Migawa’s alcohol level was at 0.62 while Miller’s was at 0.38.
Aranas said the immediate cause of death of Miagawa and Miller was multiple organ failure due to the inability of the heart and brain to function properly.
“Heart problems developed and the brains of Miagawa and Miller were swollen. Based on the findings of the toxicologist, chemicals from the prohibited drug ecstasy were also found. Their intake of drugs was more than what their bodies could take,” Aranas said in Filipino.
A separate investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Fontejon revealed the presence of ecstasy and bath salts in her body at the time of death. Her parents will be suing concert organizers after an inquiry at the House of Representatives found security “lapses” leading to the proliferation of illegal drugs in the event.