Almost a year in the making, the Closeup 'Forever Summer' 2016 event and concert has been marked as a total fiasco where five attendees died due to alleged “party drugs” intake on May 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City.

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The said event of the popular toothpaste brand has been an annual tradition for the yuppies. Teen stars and love teams like James Reid and Nadine Lustre and other local leading bands suit up to entertain the crowd. It was even branded as a music festival by the top bloggers and influencers in the country.

But in this year's 'Forever Summer' event, it looks like the organizers and the brand management itself have lots of explaining to do to the authorities due to five confirmed teen deaths on the said party. Pasay police is now conducting a thorough investigation.

A handful of information with regards to the cause of death of the victims have now been circulating on all social media platforms. The netizens have been pointing to a particular party drug that led to the victims’ untimely demise.

The authorities have spoken with the friends of the victims. According to the testimonies of the witnesses, the killer party drug has been mixed with alcoholic drinks and passed on to different party goers. Sudden BP shoot-up, very high fever and palpitation manifested on the fallen hipsters.

Organizers saddened by the incident

In a statement released Sunday on its official Facebook page, Closeup extended its "deepest sympathies to the families of those who've passed away" and vowed to support "those needing medical assistance so they may fully recover."
Closeup said it also followed strict protocols to provide medical assistance, as the victims were immediately brought to the nearest hospitals.
The company said it regrets the incident despite the "very stringent measures and precautions" put in place to protect the safety and security of concert-goers.
Closeup said it will cooperate in the investigation.
SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia, in a statement released on Sunday, they will assist "the event organizers, Closeup Philippines, its agencies, and the authorities in the investigation."
There was no immediate word on the cause of death of Leal, Migawa and Miller. The family of Leal has refused an autopsy and there was no immediate permission from the U.S. embassy to conduct an autopsy on Miller.

Family asks for privacy

The family of 18-year-old Fontejon refused to make any statement to the media.
La Funeraria Paz-Parañaque manager Andy Akailar said her parents gave instructions not to allow media to cover her wake.
"Humihingi sila ng privacy… Talagang masakit para sa isang magulang na makita nilang ganoon ang sitwasyon ng anak nila," Akailar said.
[Translation: They are asking for privacy ... It is really painful for parents to see this happen to their child.]

House probe sought

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon on Monday (May 23) called for a congressional investigation into the deaths.
Ridon filed House Resolution No. 2704 urging the committees on dangerous drugs and youth and sports to conduct the probe.
The lawmaker cited reports saying the drinks distributed at the event were laced with a lethal mix of ecstasy and shabu known as "green amore."
“There are questions that investigators need to answer: If dangerous drugs were indeed available in the party venue, how were they able to slip in such substances? Are the concessionaires inside the venue involved? Clearly, the ‘stringent security measures’ or ‘precautions’ did not deter the proliferation of said dangerous substances. And surely what had transpired in the concert is not an isolated case,” Ridon said.
The lawmaker said they need to craft "legislation that balances anti-drug policy and public safety."
“While we do not condone the use of dangerous drugs in any event whatsoever, there are certain finer details that need to be considered in enacting a new law against drug proliferation,” Ridon added.

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