3 Foreigners Wounded In Philippine Blast

October 19, 2007 at 9:26 pm | Posted in 1 | 2 Comments

MAKATI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 19, 2007) – At least 3 foreigners were among more than 100 people injured in a powerful blast Friday that ripped through a shopping mall in Makati City, the Philippines’ financial district, police said.

Police said the two Koreans and a Chinese national were wounded in the suspected bombing of the Glorieta Mall at around 1.30 p.m.Geary Barias, metropolitan police chief, said 8 people were killed and 129 others injured in the blast.

Political activists were blaming the Arroyo government for the blast, saying, state agents could be behind the explosion to divert public attention away from the President.

President Gloria arroyo was accused of bribing lawmakers and provincial governors during a breakfast meeting this week at the Presidential Palace in Manila.

The militant women’s group called “Gabriela” has condemned the bombing and at the same time expressed fear that Arroyo could use the incident to declare a state of emergency and crackdown on the opposition.

“We at GABRIELA Women’s Party express our condemnation for the Glorieta bombing as we likewise send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences for the victims and their families.”

”We also express our alarm and suspicion over the impeccable timing of the incident in the light of snowballing calls for Mrs. Arroyo to resign. We call on the public for utmost vigilance, as there may be no stopping the Arroyo regime from using this unfortunate incident to declare a state of emergency and crackdown on the opposition,” it said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.

The group also called for a speedy and impartial investigation of the incident to help ensure that justice is immediately served.But Arroyo, in a televised address, also warned those who would try to destabilize the government.

“I warn those who seek to destabilize our government not to exploit this incident for their selfish political motives. This is the time for all of us to unite. We urge all sectors to remain vigilant as the government steps up security measures to protect our people,” she said.

Arroyo said there is an ongoing investigation into the blast and appealed to citizens to stay vigilant.

“We assure everyone that a full blown investigation is now underway. The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are on highest alert and are fielding an additional 2,000 personnel to secure our public places and to prevent a possible similar occurrence,” she said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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  1. Man our country is so fucked up, I don’t think arroyo is behind the bombings, actually I think it’s the other way around, the opposition wants the people to impeach arroyo but there really isn’t much motivation for the people to do that so they decided to bomb a few malls/cities here and there to stir things up and cause the people to panic and use that confusion as a chance for another (wtf do you call that? people power? lol rofl) to impeach arroyo.

    btw why is the title of this post 3 foreigners wounded? why is it not 7 people killed and 120+ wounded? are you trying to say that the wounded foreigners are much more important than the 7 people that was killed? also, what about the hundred more people that was wounded by the blast?…

    bah fuck it… I’m leaving this fucked/corrupt/disgusting piece of shit bull crap country as soon as I could, I’ll never fucking comeback.

  2. Yeah… The title sounded like the author’s prioritizing foreigners over his fellow Filipinos… 2 WORDS: “C O L O N I A L M E N T A L I T Y!”


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