Fact check: SM MOA has ‘weakened foundation’ after Taal Volcano eruption

Fact check: SM MOA has ‘weakened foundation’ after Taal Volcano eruption

- Earlier, a chain message has been circulating on social media about the alleged weak foundation of the SM Mall of Asia

- The message came after the Taal Volcano erupted last January 12, Sunday, and caused great harm to many Filipinos

- However, it has been reported that the content of the text message was false and misleading the people

- The management of SM MOA has already released two different statements to address the issue

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Recently, a chain message regarding SM Mall of Asia (MOA) was being spread among many Filipinos.

However, KAMI learned that the content of the message was false and was misleading the people.

In a report by Rappler, the circulating text message claimed that the foundation of SM MOA has weakened following the eruption of Taal Volcano last Sunday, January 12.

“Guys, avoid niyo din pumunta sa MOA. 1 of the engineers is our family friend and pinatawag sila ng management dahil nasira na ang mga pondasyon sa ilalim causing the water from the bay to enter sa ilalim. Pumping system na lang yung tumutulak pabalik ng water sa bay. Pag nasira ang mga pumps pwedeng magcollapse ang MOA. Please pass,” it said in the message.

Fact check: SM MOA has ‘weakened foundation’ after Taal Volcano eruption
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Source: Facebook

The message was also being spread on social media like Facebook and Twitter.

However, the management of SM MOA has issued two different statements and denied the speculations.

“There is no truth to the information circulating on Social Media that the foundation of the Mall of Asia Complex has been compromised,” it read in the statement.

“Moreover, Senior Management has not called for any meetings with Engineering on the said matter. The Mall of Asia Complex is on normal operations,” it added.

“The statement where water will make the building collapse is patently false. We also have rigorous annual checks to ensure the safety of the buildings so at no time will the safety of our customers, tenants and employees be compromised,” it stated.

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SM Mall of Asia or SM MOA is one of the biggest malls in the Philippines. It is located in Bay City, Pasay.

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