Minglanilla, Cebu Municipal Trial Court Set Ablaze, Suspect Dead

Minglanilla, Cebu Municipal Trial Court Set Ablaze
Minglanilla, Cebu Municipal Trial Court Set Ablaze

Minglanilla, CEBU – Mayor Rajiv Enad confirmed in a statement that the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) along with a government building in Minglanilla was set on fire. In an immediate response, Mayor Enad conducted an emergency meeting with all departments of the local government unit, relevant national agencies, and law enforcement bodies to address the incident.

The fire was reportedly set intentionally at the MTC located on the second floor of the old LGU Minglanilla building. Minglanilla Traffic Command (MITCOM) enforcer Jay Arvin Pasadas first noticed black smoke emanating from the MTC and promptly headed to the court’s office. Despite the ground and second-floor doors of the old building being locked, he managed to force entry and rescued Judge Wilson Ibones, aged 60, along with other injured individuals trapped inside the MTC.

Mayor Enad also confirmed that the alleged arsonist, 60-year-old MTC employee Jose Mesa Agosto, was dead on arrival at the hospital. Fortunately, the injured judge and 15 other victims are now safe following the harrowing event.

The fire affected more than just the MTC; it also damaged the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office on the 2nd floor and completely destroyed the Rural Health Unit, Tourism Office, E-Learning Center, Local Youth Development Office, Ward Office, OSCA, MENRO, Post Office, and DILG.

According to SFO1 Derick Cordova, the investigator from Minglanilla Fire Station, they received the alarm at noon. They arrived at the scene three minutes later, by which time 80% of the old building was engulfed in flames. The fire escalated to a third alarm before it was brought under control at around 12:40 PM and was completely extinguished by 12:55 PM. Initial assessments estimate the damage at approximately P6.8 million.

In his statement, Mayor Enad expressed gratitude to the quick actions of the traffic enforcers, local fire station, municipal disaster risk reduction and management office, and civilians, whose collective efforts mitigated the extent of the tragedy. The incident has shaken the community, highlighting the need for vigilant safety measures and quick responsive actions in emergency situations.


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