2011 EDSA Bomb Blast

Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Laciedia

Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Laciedia:

On the hoax text advisories on bomb threats that circulated on January 26, 2011

[Released on January 26, 2011]

In times of tragedy there are sometimes unscrupulous elements eager to spread unease and confusion for selfish ends.

Be assured your government is balancing accessibility of information with our duty to protect public security and order. There are cases of hoaxes about so-called security  threats and we would like to assure the people that all measures to attend to security concerns are in place.

Source: Official Gazette

SENATOR KIKO PANGILINAN’S STATEMENT ON THE BOMBING OF PASSENGER BUS ON EDSA

Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan

SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES

Rm. 526 GSIS Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

Tel. 5526748 Email: [email protected] website: www.kiko.ph

PRESS STATEMENT

January 25, 2011

SENATOR KIKO PANGILINAN’S STATEMENT ON THE BOMBING OF PASSENGER BUS ON EDSA

We condemn this latest act of lawlessness that has led to the senseless killing and maiming of our citizens. But we equally condemn the system of justice that has perpetuated brazen criminal act such as this. The lasting solution to lawlessness is strengthening the long arm of the law in a system that swiftly punishes the guilty. Only when the system of justice works will we see the end of lawlessness and criminality.

In view of recent events that have seen the brutal killings in the carjacking cases, the assassination of a member of the media in Palawan, and now this, the President should seriously consider designating an anti-crime czar to help track and lead to the arrest of the masterminds behind these dastardly criminal acts. The Executive Department should also initiate the convening of the Judiciary Executive Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council or JELACC and see how the three branches of government can set a common strategy to modernize the administration of justice in the country.

The President has called on the citizenry to do their part by being vigilant and help report leads to the cases. The administration should then do its part in ensuring swift prosecution and for justice to be meted out to those proven guilty.

The blast, and the conspiracies

Manila was rocked by an explosion. Of course, it becomes natural that all the king’s horses, and all the king’s men will lockdown the barn doors. It’ll take a little longer for the commuter to climb on to the MRT. Planes. Ships. Malls. Not that bombers have attempted to set off another explosion a day, or two after the last one.

Horses have all gotten away.

At least two people are dead. At least a dozen injured.

The conspiracy theories of course will come out like clockwork. These are the work of destabilizers out to ruin the fragile peace we have, some will more likely say. Crime rates up too. It is easy to believe or come up with these things. Easy to put a spin, and run wild stories.

Horses and Zebras, if you catch my drift.

The investigation needs to continue. Only then will we know the truth.

What’s clear is that we shouldn’t fear. We shouldn’t put fear as our primary motivator. Whether it is terrorist or some madman, or some lunatic with a gun, we shouldn’t fear. That’s exactly what those kinds of people want us to be.

The answer is that over time the PNP should get better. Better training, better equipment, better leadership. The President needs to see to that. We can not have justice when the very first agent of justice fail to gather evidence, solve cases or protect us. We cannot strike fear in the heart of evil, when they know there is nothing to fear.

Partial list of dead, injured from bus explosion

Below is a partial list of the dead and injured from the bus explosion along the northbound lane of Edsa Tuesday. The list is based on reports culled by INQUIRER.net from authorities, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Radyo Inquirer.

Ospital ng Makati

Dead on Arrival:
Johanson Deleon Reyes, of Plaridel, Bulacan

Injured:
Anabel Gozon, 40, of Sampaloc, Rizal
Lino Antonio, 41, of San Mateo, Rizal;
Jeffrey Victoriano
Mary Grace Borondia, 29, of Maybunga, Pasig City (transferred to Makati Medical City)

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that another body has been identified only as a young female.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Aquino wants terror angle in bus blast checked

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said the culprits behind the bus explosion along EDSA in Makati City will not go unpunished, as he targeted terrorism as a possible angle behind the incident.

In a press conference in Malacañang, Aquino also assured the public the bombing incident earlier today will not happen again, as he ordered all concerned agencies to secure all areas normally under threat.

“Hindi magtatagal ang panahon…na magkakaroon din ito ng kalutasan para masiguro ang kaligtasan ng lahat,” he added.

Aquino has also ordered security forces to undertake a new threat assessment review.

Read more at ABS-CBN News

President Aquino’s statement on the EDSA bus blast (in Filipino)

Pahayag ni Benigno S. Aquino III
Pangulo ng Pilipinas

Ukol sa pagsabog ng bus sa EDSA-Buendia noong ika-25 ng Enero, 2011

[Inihayag sa Briefing Room ng New Executive Building, Malacañan Palace noong ika-25 ng Enero, 2011; 17:11 hrs. EST]

Unang-una po, gusto naming ipabatid na nakikiramay po kami sa mga namatay dito po sa trahedya—sa pagsabog ng isang bus sa EDSA—at doon na rin po sa mga nasugatan.

Sa kasalukuyan po, inatasan na natin at kumikilos na ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno para, unang-una, bigyan ng pag-aaruga itong mga nasaktan, at iyong imbestigasyon dito sa pagsabog na ito. Nandoon na po ang ating kapulisan, nakipagtulungan po ang local government unit natin sa Makati, pati na rin po ang MMDA, ‘yung ating intelligence services na talagang sa kasalukuyan ay tumututok na para malutas itong krimen na ito.

Makakasiguro po ang lahat na sa di-magtatagal na panahon, tulad ng ibang mga insidente, tulad ng bombing noong bar exams, magkakaroon ng kalutasan po itong sitwasyon na ito. Nakatututok po ang lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan para masigurado ang kaligtasan ng lahat.

Tungo po doon, inatasan natin ang PNP at ang ating AFP at intelligence services na magreview ulit ng mga tinatawag na threat assessment, with the end in view of hardening all of the areas that are considered under threat. Mayroon na rin pong mga ibang ginagawa sa kasalukuyan at matagal nang ginagawa, tulad ng pag-iimbentaryo ng mga kasangkapan ng AFP at ng PNP, lalo na po sa mga insidente na kung saan nagkaroon ng mga paggamit diumano ng C4. Hinihigpitan natin ang tinatawag na pag-aaruga nitong mga consumables para sigurado tayong walang mawawala sa diretsuhang control ng ating Sandatahang Lakas.

Uulitin ko lang po, at ito nga ho ay gusto kong ipahatid sa ating mga kababayan: Talaga pong hindi titigil ang inyong pamahalaan na mahanap itong mga taong gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimen na ito, na talaga naman pong hindi nakatutok sa isang tao o isang grupo, eh, talagang pananakot lang po sa buong sambayanan. Hindi natin pababayaan na magpatuloy ito, ang ganitong sitwasyon na may agam-agam ang atin pong mga kababayan sa Pilipinas.

Source: Official Gazette

MMDA: Bus explodes in EDSA Buendia Northbound; Ayala to Buendia Closed to traffic!

The MMDA reported that a Bus has exploded along EDSA Buendia, heading North bound. Traffic is being routed through The Fort.

update 1: ANC interviewed NCRPO Chief Dir. Bartolome on bus explosion, and confirmed that explosion happened at the middle part of bus, underneath passenger seat

update 2: ABS CBN reported that blast killed 2, and injured 15.

Update 3: Maria Ressa tweeted: EDSA N/B closed indefinitely from Ayala to Buendia. Affected vehicles, take McKinley or Buendia f/o or C5 or SLEX.

Here are images from MMDA:

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