oct 18. the good news. forbes asia names jaime zobel de ayala & family the richest filipinos, net worth $2B.
oct 19. the bad news. death and destruction at the ayala land inc.’s makati mall.11 dead, Php100M lost, and still counting. worse, the official finding is leaning toward some sort of gas explosion brought about by dysfunction in the bowels of glorietta 2.
what a double whammy for the oye-oye ayalas – major disaster na nga, baka daw kasalanan pa nila.
coming on the heels of being named the richest family hereabouts, the message depends on whether it was an accidental explosion or the handiwork of saboteurs.
if an accident, through no fault of ayala land inc. – nagkataon lang that conditions in the basement turned explosive just then, a technological- chemical snafu that couldn’t have been anticipated – then the message could simply be that even the rich suffer reversals, misfortunes.
if it wasn’t an accident, which means the explosion was intentional, then whoever the perpetrators – islamic terrorists, rebel military factions, the npa, or gonzalez & esperon, as alleged by trillanes – the message could be that being famous for being very rich can be dangerous to one’s wealth.
question is, why the ayalas? some, who suspect it’s a gonzalez-esperon operation, say the ayalas kasi are not sipsip to the palace, unlike the sys and the tans (2nd & 3rd richest).
or who knows, puwedeng nag-eenie-meenie-minie-mall lang ang perpetrators and minalas lang talaga ang glorietta?
but i’m not convinced that the blast was an industrial accident. i’m not convinced that the residues of rdx (royal demolition explosive) found were just by-products of some inadvertent chemical mix, or that it is found in cosmetics and deodorants and other everyday things. not so, sey ng newsbreak.
for sure ayala land inc. will contest any findings that blame them, one way or another, for the glorietta blast. so will makati mayor jojo binay. expect more fireworks, bloodless let’s hope.