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Close-up Forever Summer concert 2016 tragedy

Close-up, Forever Summer concert 2016 tragedy
Image source: InterAksyon.com - The online news portal of TV5



Closeup, the subsidiary of Unilever, has confirmed that a number of attendees of its Closeup Forever Summer concert yesterday, 21 May 2016 at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City have died. Closeup and SM Supermalls said in separate statements they were cooperating with police.

In an initial statement released on its verified Facebook page this afternoon, Closeup did not specify what exactly happened that led to the deaths. Nor did it say how many victims there were. 

They only said that it was "deeply saddened by the events that transpired on the early hours" of today, and noted that the incident occurred despite its "very stringent measures and precautions" in place "to ensure the safety and security of all attendees involved."

Closeup added that it immediately provided medical assistance and rushed "all those involved to the nearest hospital" for emergency care.

SM Supermalls: cooperating in probe

Annie Garcia, president of SM Supermalls which owns MOA, issued this statement:

"We would like to express our sympathies towards the unfortunate incident that happened at the Open Concert Grounds at MOA."

"We are assisting the event organizers, Close Up Phils., its agencies, and the authorities in the investigation."

Pasay City police initially said four males, including one foreigner, and a woman had suddenly collapsed and became unconscious one after the other just before 03:00 AM Today. Police noted that they were not together as a group, apparently did not know each other, and were located in different parts of the concert venue, radio reports said.

Closeup, meanwhile, extended its "deepest sympathies" to the attendees' families, and added that it was now "supporting those needing medical assistance so that they may fully recover."

It also said that it was "fully cooperating with the authorities in the ongoing police investigations."

Full statement of close-up:

"Closeup and its organizing agency, Activations Advertising, and staging agency, Eventscape, are deeply saddened by the events that transpired on the early hours of May 22, 2016.

We regret that despite the very stringent measures and precautions we have put in place to ensure the safety and security of all attendees involved, this incident still transpired. As such, strict protocols were followed to immediately provide medical assistance, as well as rush all those involved to the nearest hospital where they can receive emergency care.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who’ve passed away, and commit support in their time of bereavement. Likewise, our efforts are now focused on supporting those needing medical assistance so they may fully recover.

We are fully cooperating with the authorities in the ongoing police investigations."

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