SMC's Ang apologizes, vows help for victims of Skyway project accident

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 22)— San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang has apologized to the victims of an accident Saturday at the Skyway extension project site in Muntinlupa City, and assured help will be given to them.

In a statement on Sunday, Ang said that SMC, as project proponent, has the responsibility to take care of the victims of the mishap, which left one motorist dead.

"Even with a contractor handling construction, ultimately, we are responsible for the welfare of those who were affected. I would like to personally apologize to the victims and their families, as well as to our larger community in Muntinlupa," Ang said.

"To the family, I can only offer my sincerest and deepest condolences, and my personal assurance that your family will be taken care of. To those who were injured, please be assured we will provide all the means necessary for you to recover and restart," he added.

One motorcycle rider was killed, while six others were injured after a steel bar from a portion of the Skyway extension project crashed onto passing vehicles on Saturday morning.

EEI Corporation, the construction company in the Skyway Stage 3 project, earlier said that a crane that was being positioned "tilted and fell" on the steel girder, which crushed the vehicles below it.

Ang assured a thorough probe into the matter, adding that stricter measures would be enforced at the project site.

"In a project of this magnitude and scale, there are many redundant safety measures in place. Unfortunately, we can't predict every outcome, and I'm sure no one wanted this to happen," Ang said. "Regardless, we are working with authorities to determine the root cause of this incident. We will find out where lapses occured and do whatever is necessary to help make sure they don't happen again."

The East Service Road in Barangay Cupang in Muntinlupa has reopened to traffic as of Sunday morning.