CONRESS BOMB NO LONGER TERRORISM, IT IS NOW ASSASINATION.
by Napanice (no login)
WITHOUT EVEN CITING THE POSSIBLE MOTIVE, PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE NOW SPREADING THE RUMOR THAT THERE WAS INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE EXPLOSION AND IT POINTED TO A POSSIBLE ASSASINATION ATTEMPT ON ONE OF THE DEAD VICTIMS.
WELL, IF HE'S DEAD THEN HE WAS OBVIOUSLY THE TARGET. IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE, DOESN'T IT? SO HAS THE GOVERNMENT GAINED CREDIBILITY BY PUTTING TWO AND TWO TOGETHER? NOT REALLY, BECAUSE PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF COOKING UP THEORIES AND STORIES THAT WILL APPEASE THE PUBLIC BUT NOT NECESSARILY PROVING THE TRUTH.
AS USUAL, GLORIA IS QUICK TO WARN HER CRITICS AGAINST ANY WILD SPECULATIONS SINCE THE MILITARY HAS ALREADY EARNED ENOUGH SUSPICIONS UNDER ITS BELT BECAUSE OF THE PAST UNRESOLVED BOMBING INCIDENTS.
SO, THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS NOW WONDERING WHO IS BEING GROOMED TO BE THE SCAPEGOAT WHO WILL TAKE THE FALL? WHO WILL ADMIT TO THE CRIME AND CONFESS THAT HE WAS PAID BY DESTABILIZERS TO DO IT? OBVIOUSLY, AFTER THE GLORIETTA BLAST THIS SEQUEL PUTS THE SENATE INVESTIGATIONS IN THE BACKBURNER AND IT ALSO PUTS ICE ON THE HEAT OF THE IMPEACHMENT CAMPAIGN BEING WAGED BY THE OPPOSITION AGAINST GLORIA MACAPAGAL.
SO WE ALL KNOW NOW WHO IS GETTING THE BENEFIT OF ALL THESE DISTRACTIONS.
National (as of 11/14/2007 5:07 AM)
'Danger was specific to Akbar'
Intelligence reports prior to the fatal blast Tuesday night indicated that a threat was specific to Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar, Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said.
Puno said that based on initial investigations, the attack was not random. He, however, declined to give details, saying that information and evidence are still being studied by probers.
"The investigation is still on going but initial findings point away from terror attack and more at directed assault on certain individuals," he said.
With regard to information that Akbar was threatened before the blast, Puno said that police are still processing information but said that intelligence reports indicated that there was specific danger to Akbar.
He added that the Philippine National Police is considereing all possibilities and that the focus of the investigation is the assassination of a public official.
He also appealed to government critics to avoid speculations amid talk from the political opposition that Malacañang might declare martial law because of the blast.
The Basilan provincial government, meanwhile, immediately issued a statement on who it thinks masterminded the blast that killed Akbar.
It said that political opponents of Akbar were behind the attack that was meant to kill the congressman.
Cris Puno, Basilan's provincial information officer, said that the explosion aimed at killing Akbar.
Puno said that it was a move of Akbars opponents to grab power in Isabela City, Basilan and in the entire province.
Puno added that "enemies of Akbar" are working hard to topple him because they cannot accept that he holds power in Basilan.
Akbar's first wife, Jum, is the governor of Basilan while his other spouse, Cherrilyn is the mayor of Isabela City. A third wife ran but lost as mayor of Lamitan City during the May midterm elections.
Puno declined to name the perpetrators of the blast.
Arroyo: Avoid speculations
President Arroyo urged the public to avoid speculations and accusations amid the chaos caused by the fatal blast at the Batasan Pambansa complex that killed Akbar and two others Tuesday night.
"Nananawagan tayo na iwasan ang mga haka-haka, paratang at sabi-sabi na maaring lumikha ng kaguluhan takot at hidwaan (I appeal to the public to avoid speculations and accusations that could sow fear and chaos)," said Mrs. Arroyo during a speech delivered hours after the blast.
She also gave an assurance that the government will hunt down those responsible for the explosion.
"Let me assure our people and our friends here and abroad that that the Philippines and their government shall not rest until we get to the bottom of this tragedy and hunt down and punish the perpetrators," Mrs. Arroyo said.
Past 2 a.m. Wednesday, the President and other government officials visited Negros Oriental Rep. Pryde Henry Teves at St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.
Razon to lead probe
The explosion that took place shortly after the House of Representatives concluded Tuesdays session killed Akbar and Marcial Talvo, driver of Gabriela party-list Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan.
Talvo was the first fatality to be reported.
Maan Abustanillo, a staff of Teves, died at Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City. She expired while being transferred to St. Luke's Medical Center from General Malvar Hospital on Commonwealth Avenue.
The blast also injured Ilagan; Teves; Ismael Lim, driver of Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza; Timar Kindanan, a bodyguard of Akbar; Percy Garcia, a staff member of Teves; Dennis Manila, an aide of Teves; Larry Noda, a House administrative assistant; Rodolfo Relente; Frederick del Castillo; Nikki Ayadoni; and Allan Mangulabnan.
Mrs. Arroyo said she already directed PNP Director General Avelino Razon to oversee the investigation of the explosion.
"I have also convened the national security council executive committee tonight (Tuesday) to assess the security situation and institute immediate measures to address any threats," she added.
Puno, meanwhile, said Razon has been ordered to replace the entire security detail at the House with elements from the PNP's Special Action Force.
He also said that security at the Senate will be augmented in coordination with Senate President Manuel Villar.
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