Philippine police summon owner of quake collapsed store

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippine National Police Chief said investigators have summoned the owner of a four-storey supermarket that collapsed in a powerful earthquake and trapped dozens of people.

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said Chuzon Supermarket owner Samuel Chu on Tuesday appeared at a police station in Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila, at the start of an investigation on suspicion construction may have breached building regulations.

At least five bodies and nine survivors have been pulled out from the rubble.

Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid said there are no more reports of missing people and rescuers with sniffer dogs were no longer detecting signs of life in the supermarket’s rubble.

Monday’s quake left at least 17 people dead, mostly in Pampanga and nearby Zambales provinces.

Rescuers gesture to clear the way following the discovery of another survivor in Monday’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake that caused the collapse of a commercial building in Porac township, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines on April 23. – AP