Monday, October 22, 2007

Glorietta, October 19, 2007

It's been more than two years since the dreaded Valentine's Day bombing in the Metro. Now, here we go again. The country was once again rocked by a "bombing" (or should I say accident?!?!) incident in one of the busiest malls in the country. The Glorietta incident brought another round of fears and questions for the Filipino people.

It's understandable how policemen handled the situation. As much as possible, they try their best to mitigate the possible post-incident disasters by sugar-coating what had happened. Of course, they would try their best to make it look like it was not a bomb, because if it was, a lot more things have to be cleared.

It would be much easier to conclude the incident with a simple "accident" so that authorities would just give sanctions to the Ayala Land officials and the case will be closed. They just have to advise that diesel and methane should not be mixed (that explains why there are very limited comfort rooms in a gasolline station). But if, indeed it is a bomb, authorities would have to answer the following questions:
a. What chemicals were used? C4? RBX? The chemical composition of the bomb would narrow down our choices on the persons/ groups responsible.

b. Who is behind the incident? Terrorist groups? Military adventurists? The government itself? The public is more than confused on who should be blamed for the incident. To the people, even the President is a suspect, saying that GMA is once again doing a Marcos, masterminding a massive explosion in a central business district to veer away media attention from the major controversies she's in, latest of which was the "gift-giving" of P500K in the Palace. If not the government, who else? Militant groups like MILF and NPA are famous for staging a bombing, then will admit the incident eventually.

b. What is the motive? Political adventurism? genocide? Simply having fun? Economic sabotage? Throwing away attention from current political controversies? World peace? aww come on, there must be a reason behind it.

c. What's next? If something like this happened in one of the busiest malls in the country, then this incident could happen to any other place. We must be well-prepared as early as now. Our mindset should once again be on the alert side.

But of course, the economic and political repercussion of concluding the incident into a bombing could be gargantuan. Investors will once again be jittery of the economic client since we all know that a stable economy is a function of good security situation. Bad image will once again result to travel advisories. Less tourists mean less income. And the rest need not be further expounded.

The Philippine National Police should finalize their report soon or else more and more speculations will arise.

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