Target of opportunity (updated)

There but for the grace of God, go we, must be the thought in many a person’s mind. David Llorito definitely had that passing, sobering, thought. jackson_nash recounts a mother’s concern and relief:

As soon as I get home I call my mom. She told me how she freaked out and how it gave her a headache. Her tone of voice was sounded so defeated yet relieved. It made me feel sad but it also reinforced that even though my mom doesn’t say it, she does really love me. I mean I didn’t doubt it, but it’s the little things we do for each other that shows how much we care.

Blogger ambonsamakati blogs about being in the vicinity (complete with snapshot of crowds); Adventures in the Temporary Autonomous Zone blogs about sirens and watching the action from a few blocks away. magentic_rose blogs about how her brother had a close call. Sunny Side Up! was there. So was uchihayukiko:

I was in bo’s cafe, teh exact opposite o f where the bo,b was placed. But it felt like the explosion was just above us. It was tha strong. It was my second grande cup of coffee that day.I drank my first at home, because I thought I have to be alert this day.

If I decided to drink coffee in starbcujs that day. I will be dea now.
If I wore skirt ad heels this day, I wouldn’t be able to run fast.
My intuition never failed me. Never since I was alive. And I am thanking god for it.

I sent sms to people in my phone list. And called KR, because I know glorietta is his home too. And he is always in timezone, where I think the bomb was near.

I do not want to listen to the news now. What I saw was enough. Ambuklances everywhere, people lying in the streets near the ambulance, a man’s limp hands…limp and carried by someone from the ambulance.

White Lady recounts a friend’s experiences:

Miru was in netopia glorietta 2 printing something and after that,only 10 minutes after while walking in glorietta 4(in front of jollibee) he felt the impact of the explosion.It’s like something pushed him daw from the back and he saw the glass walls of jollibee shook. He was able to video pa the people screaming and running inside the mall to the nearest exit and outside he took pics of the damages.He even saw a dead body daw.

My Life… – Hayds also recounts her experiences:

Around 1:30pm we were saying that we need to give away all of our fliers before the next group comes in. Then I distinctly remember I was seating on the couch facing the Glorietta 2 side when I heard a big boom. Together with the big boom was an earth shattering like earthquake. Then in just a couple of seconds, I saw something fell from the ceiling. It was a big chunk but it looked like it didn’t weigh much. Then everybody started running as fast as they could towards our direction. I didn’t panic since as some of you might know, I was also in Glorietta during the Valentine’s Day bombing last February 14, 2005…

But today was different. I heard the explosion and I saw something that triggered why everybody started to panic. Everything I saw was not close enough for me to realize the urgency to get the heck out of the mall. I started to pack my things calmly and I was again trying to look for more details why the people were trying to get out of the mall but Jacy was really scared that she kept on calling for us and was in a hurry. We got out of Glorietta and went straight to Park Square 1. While everybody was outside and trying to figure out what happened, everybody just started running away again. This time we stayed at the Dusit Hotel. For about an hour of calling people we know, we just wanted to go home but Didith and Jacy were kind enough to make sure I’ve gotten my car in the parking lot of Glorietta 4 before we went our seperate ways. Unfortunately, nobody was allowed to go inside the mall nor the parking. We had to seat together with the hundreds of people around the area while the fire brigade, ambulance and media people were trying to check on what happened.

The most complete eyewitness acount I’ve come across is from angeliz105 in an online message group:

I have never expected myself to be an eyewitness to such a tragedy. Man staring blankly at his bloodied hand, women hysterically screaming, unconscious woman lying lifeless near the blast, frantic sirens and alarms, broken glass and debris everywhere…

I had just parked my car at Park Square 2, 3rd floor near the timezone entrance. After switched on my car’s alarm, exactly, a loud explosion was heard. A cloud of smoke was seen. I ran at the back of my car where the railings are and there it was, I am directly looking at it from where I stand.

My knees turned jelly and felt my whole body shaking. My brain felt numb. I can’t believe, that a few moments ago, barely 5 minutes have passed, I was there at the ground floor on my way to the parking lot.

I never noticed I was crying until two elderly chinese couple approached me and asked if I am okay. I was just telling them, ” No, look out there, there’s a dead woman…” I was ushered by the elderly man to sit on the hood of one of parked cars. I didn’t know how long I stayed there, coz the next moment, I am maneuvering my car out of the parking lot.

I called my brother, I was crying. I have no idea how I was able to drove out of that place and eventually got home when all the while I could see are the images of the tragedy. To stay calm is easier said than done.

I still don’t know whatever it was that exploded, all I know is, those images will haunt my memories like a movie, playing repeatedly… even in my dreams.

See websaytko.com who republishes a father’s account.

Blogger Sprclfrglstcxpialidotius! (who also has pictures) says gossip saved her:

While we were on our way back (from the hardware shop in Park Square), we noticed there was a crowd gathering outside Glorietta. We initially thought there was an on-going shoot or perhaps some actor/actress was around. We heard some people talking about a bomb going off in the center, near the fountain. Another man said it was on the second floor – the Subway resto…

But then some people were still entering Glorietta, and when we were about to cross the street to get in, a wave of screaming people suddenly came rushing out of the doors. This sent everyone else in a panic, and the crowd started running away as fast as they could.

I thought someone had a gun or something because some people had their hands over their heads. Kristel and I held hands and ran with the crowd… and then it happened.

Y’know those chase scenes in movies? When someone always has to fall right when they’re NOT supposed to? Yea, someone fell alright… I did! It’s quite hard to run for your life while in platform flip-flops!

I’m really grateful Kristel didn’t just let go of my hand and run…that’s a real friend for ya. She made sure people didn’t step on me 😀 Love yah, sis!

I must say, I’ve never felt so alive though. I could feel my heart threatening to explode through my chest, and my leg muscles trying to leap out of my skin as Kristel and I sprinted our way through the crowd.

just walk away was also there:

anyways tapos punta kami sa mei meeting place wala pang bus..so punta kaming gold crest..ayan na!nasa store kami tapos biglang mei narinig kaming malakas na sabog!tas mei nabasag!as in na feel namen ung lakas ng sabog!ung glass ng store parang mababasag!bumaba kami nina mariel para mag take cover tapos dapat lalabas na sila mariel at dzi sabi ko huwag muna kasi baka may sumabog pa..tapos ung tindera kinuha ang bag at nauna pa lumabas samin..so lumabas narin kami..ang scary kasi ang gulo na ng place ang daming tao na nag panic tas hinanap namen ung bus..kahit Wat a face na kami haha..
sa bus umiiyak na sila mariel and dzi ako..shock.di ako maiiyaK!as in wala lang di pa nag sink in sakin ung nangyari!tsaka naluluha ako kasi umiiyak sila mariel naawa ako..nung kinausap na lang kami sa bus dun na ako naiyak.tapos humagulgo ako nung naghug kami nina mar,dzi tsaka tita baby..grabe!nanghina ung knees ko ..grabe talaga!tas sa chapel..xbrang thankful ako kasi binigyan pa ako ng chance na maglaro pa tomorrow sa championship!haAy sobrang naapreciate ko adviser ko…tsaka narealize ko kung bumasag ung glass sa likod namen..cguro..hmmm..haAY..grabe talaga!2nd life?di ko toh makakalimutan!

(Loose translation: Anways afterwards we went to the vicinity of our meeting place but the bus hadn’t arrived. So we went to Goldcrest. Then it happened! We were in a store when suddenly we hard a strong explosion! Then something shattered! As in we felt the strength of the explosion! It seemed as if the glass of the store was going to shatter! Mariel and I descended to take cover and then Mariel intended to exit and I said, not yet because there might be another explosion. And then the saleslady took her bag and left the store even ahead of us. So we left as well. It was very scary because there was so much confusion and so many people panicked and we we looked for the bus, never mind however we must have looked haha… On the bus Mariel wept and I got dizzy. I was in such shock I couldn’t cry. Then I started tearing because Mariel was crying and I felt pity for her. When we were talked to on the bus that’s when I started to cry. Then I was overcome when Mar and I hugged, and Tita Baby too. It was terrible, my knees got weak. At the chapel I was so very thankful that I was given a chance to still play in tomorrow’s championship. And I really appreciate my adviser. And I also realized that if the glass had shattered behind us, well, probably, hmmm… A 2nd life? I won’t forget this!)

…My Life… has a smiliar account.

Another account is In My Pocket, this time, of someone who got there an hour after the explosion:

As I walked down Ayala Avenue and crossed toward the Makati Stock Exchange, I was walking with a group of people that included a young couple and their daughter. The father was carrying the little girl and the couple tried their best to be calm around her. Then, as we reached the Stock Exchange, the father passed their daughter into the mother’s arms as he walked inside a bank. The little girl asked the mother something, to which she replied, “E diba may sumabog sa Glorietta? Hindi ba katabi natin yun? (Didn’t something explode in Glorietta? Weren’t we standing next to it?)” I took a closer look at them. They were carrying hardly anything, and the daughter was sock-footed and holding her sole shoe in her hand.

I had arrived at SM some time around 2:20pm. An MMDA truck and the ever-vigilant media (represented by ABS-CBN News) already were parked out front. The SOCO van arrived just as I was walking away from the scene, continuing on my way. They — and I — had only missed the explosion by an hour.

See Witnesses account: ‘People thrown like dolls by blast’ for more eyewitness accounts.

Disney Cute Land has pictures of the area and the damage (Interior photos from ABS-CBN reproduced in look at this tangle of thorns). Azrael’s Merryland also has exterior photos. a round world for a square me has a photo of the interior of Glorietta filled with smoke. Horrible, horrible. However, Don Geronimo has calmer photos and criticizes media for portraying the situation is worse than it is.

And because the political situation is tense, notes from the peanut gallery expresses a suspicion that can only gather steam unless the authorities make an effort to remain sober and calm. For now, ksolaris points out one reason a gas explosion is the main theory right now:

They’re still investigating the cause, and I’m wondering if it’s a busted LPG tank, since I do remember that some time earlier this year, one of the restaurants inside the mall caught fire. They were able to quickly put out the flames that time, though, and only part of the restaurant’s ceiling got burned. The restaurant was back in business after about a week.

A spokesman from Ayala Land says it doesn’t appear the explosion emanated from any restaurants. A shaky-sounding policeman says there was a strong smell of gunpowder in the blast area, and says there was no smell of gas. Blogger bubble hearth has an eyewitness insisting he smelled gunpowder, too, “just like New Year”:

although ben insists he smelled pulbura when he went near the smoke. “para daw new year”

Tony Velasquez pointed out that the initial smells are important in investigating the cause of blasts. The NCR police chief has announced Metro Manila is on red alert.

(A blogger, Public Static, doesn’t want to dismiss the LPG explosion theory and explains why, but then says, basically, the reasoning all b.s.)

This is a time when engineers, architects, and other experts can help weigh in and contribute to a sober analysis of the event. The photographs of the damage are so chilling (see link above), and the damage so extensive, that unless the experts weigh in, public hysteria could run rampant.
Online media sites are constantly updating. As of this posting, the news is: 4 dead, over 40 hurt in Makati mall explosion (ABS-CBN); Blast hits Makati’s Glorietta Mall: 3 killed, says report (Inquirer); Makati mall blast kills 3; top cop says not LPG but ‘a bomb’(GMA).

On TV, a spokesman from the National Disaster Coordinating Council, quoting the Red Cross, says the number of fatalities has reached 6, with 70 wounded. Latest update is that police suspicions have shifted to a bomb being the cause of the explosion: ‘Bomb likely’ in Makati mall blast–Razon.

The PNP spokesman on ANC (4:12 pm) says they have to consider if this was a bombing by Muslim extremists. Said NICA reports and other intel had warned of activity after Ramadan ended.

Personally, at this point, finger-pointing won’t help anything. The priority right now remains aiding the wounded and securing the area. Then an investigation can proceed and the public can judge if the investigation raises instead of settling questions. There are simply too many groups that could benefit, politically, from a terror bombing. Finding out what kind of bombing took place, could help narrow down the potential culprits.

4:58 pm Ayala Land has issued a statement saying the blast seems to have originated from outside, not inside, Glorietta 2. Bertie Lim of Makati Business Club dispels text message which quotes him as having blamed the Palace; he says he never said such a thing and that businessmen believe the President needs to get to the bottom of things.

5:31 A blogger who works at an emergency room, gives an eyewitness account of what it was like to be working as the casualties were brought in, See zalveen-ice’s Site:

I was eating lunch when nag aanounce na for the trauma team sa ER. Last time I heard this was nung nag bomb sa MRT nung valentines 3 years ago ata. So I thought baka may vehicular accident na massive. I was wrong…. Sobrang dami tao sa ER blast injuries. Initial reports sabi may LPG leak daw sa Luk Yuen at sumabog yun. Well tha’ts pure speculation. In my humble opinion di ito gas leak masyado madami nasaktan at napakalaki ng area nung blast. Bomb to sa palagay ko. Well during y stay sa ER dami shrapnel injuries yun mga debris ng cement acted like shrapnels nung sumabog. Kawawa innocent people. May dead on arrival, meron din namatay sa harapan ko wasak yun ribs. For a while it gave me goosebumps. I know sanay ako makakita ng dugo sa mga accidents pero iba.

(loose translation: I was eating lunch when the announcement came for the trauma team to go to the emergency room. Last time I heard this was when the MRT was bombed on Valentine’s Day three years go, I think. So I thought there might’ve been a massive vehicular accident. I was wrong… Too many people in the emergency room with blast injuries. Initial reports said there was an LPG leak at Luk Yuen and that it caused the explosion. Well, that’s pure speculation. In my humble opinion it wasn’t a gas leak, too many people were hurt and the area of the blast was too large. It was a bomb, I think. Well during my stay at the emergency room, very many shrapnel injuries the debris from the cement acted like shrapnel when the explosion took place. Poor innocent people. There was someone dead on arrival, there was someone who died in front of me with shattered ribs. For a while it gave me goosebumps. I know I’m used to seeing blood in accident victims but this was different.)

The blogger then concludes.

I couldn’t take pictures kawawa talga and unethical din pero kung nakita nyo magagalit talaga kayo dun sa gumawa.

(loose translation: I couldn’t take pictures, I really pity them and it’s unethical but if you saw what I saw, you would be furious at the perpetrators).

More later.

5:54 pm A very angry Sec. Norberto Gonzalez said that if the bombing wasn’t accompanied by demands, it can’t be covered by the Human Security Act. Gonzalez very irritated over comments criticizing the Palace. Says the event does not justify emergency powers for the President.

6:04 pm Maria Ressa says the timing of the blast is within the “bombing season.” Last year was the only year JI hadn’t conducted a bombing within this season. The blast is strong she said, the radius is large, the strongest probably that’s taken place in the country, she says. No burn marks either, if you look at interior damage photos, so this indicates expertise and training, and there are only two umbrella groups with this capacity: JI and law enforcement agencies. It’s interesting she says, in this context, plus recent Australia warning and PNP warnings of Mindanao. She says she’s seen JI plots to bomb Glorietta but they were made in 2002-2003. She says people have to wait for the investigation and that what she’s discussing is putting the blast in the perspective of past events. This is blast impact, “pure wave,” she says. She says sources say it was a bomb, and that C-4 explosive was involved.

7:54 pm Per TV news report, Red Cross says there may still be bodies buried in the rubble. Number of casualties (dead and wounded) has passed the 100 person mark.

8:01 pm The President, dressed soberly in black, addresses the nation. Says it is likely it was a bomb. Issues warning against using the bombing for political motivates. Appeals for country to unite. Asks public to cooperate in increased security measures. Keep abreast of breaking news at Glorietta Blast special section of Inquirer.net.

tonyo links to raw video from an eyewitness.

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    • xyz on October 19, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    squid tactic ba ito ng arroyo govt? o smokescreen kaya?

    • rollchan on October 19, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    my goodness… what is happening yet again… crap, terrorists… they all should go to HELL.

    • tonio on October 19, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    horrible, horrible.

    the bomb though doesn’t look like it was made to cause structural damage.

    this is anti-personnel i think, the smell of gunpowder may indicate that it’s home made. (sir ramrod can confirm)

    • seiji on October 19, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    why didn’t they just bomb congress or something. sheesh!

    • Willy on October 19, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Sickening. All those innocent people..The devil does not rest.

    • Geo on October 19, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    More than ever, this is a time to wait for facts.

    Speculation is the devil’s work.

    Calm and sobriety over panic and finger-pointing.

  1. I just wish that people like Aquilino Pimentel and Jamby Madrigal would shut their big fat mouths at a time like this and not issue hypocritical, self-serving statements at a time like this. They are the ones who’ve been giving
    Dulmatin and Umar patek all the cover they needed to escape justice. The same goes for communist terrorists like
    Tonyo.

    • grd on October 19, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    “Speculation is the devil’s work.”

    agree w/ geo.

    this incident is really horrible. shocking.

    • elbravelara on October 19, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    prayers for those who died… for the their family and friends…

    • DinaPinoy on October 19, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    photos and story here:

    http://www.gmanews.tv/index.html

    • tonio on October 19, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    pictures are coming in from the interior. i can’t comprehend the damage.

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    “He said the explosion left an eight-meter (26-foot) wide crater on the ground floor and blew a hole through the roof on the second floor.”

    Tonio, the damage is more than what you’re home made pipe bomb can cause, shape charge is too expensive (we don’t have it in the Philippines), an anti-tank mine rigged with timer will do the trick, its ready made,and we have some on stock. Its just a guess, as to who is responsible no one can tell at the moment unless someone takes responsibility (NPA or MILF usually do). All we can do is wait.
    Any statements from Trillanes and company?

  2. The United States government advised its nationals to avoid travel to and near the Glorietta area in Makati City following a blast that killed at least six people.

    In a public announcement on the US Embassy Web site, it cited data from the US Embassy regional security office indicating “some injuries” that resulted from the explosion.

  3. Sir RAM: Police said C4 explosive.Ayala Land said it came from outside the mall.

    Questions

    1)From the extent of the damage so far,does it look like a C4 to you ?

    2)Easy to make?

    3)Can it be thrown from a moving vehicle into the mall?

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Blast originated outside Glorietta 2 – Ayala Land
    10/19/2007 | 05:23 PM

    Officials of Ayala Land Inc., the owner of Glorietta Mall in Makati, on Friday reiterated that the explosion which rocked the establishment and killed at least eight people and injured 70 others, originated outside the Glorietta 2.

    Initial police reports traced the blast to an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tank in a restaurant within the mall, but Director Gen. Avelino Razon Jr, PNP chief, said that an assessment by ground commanders showed that what exploded could be “a bomb.”

    “We are extremely saddened by this incident. We would like to assure the public that’s why we are taking all possible measures to ensure that all affected by the incident could be attended to with maximum care,” said Jaime Ayala, Ayala Land president in a statement.

    Ayala Land earlier said they will shoulder the medical expenses of those injured.

    The company also said they are securing the mall, and suspending its operations until government agencies have given them permission to reopen.

    “Glorietta is being secured and surveyed to ensure the building’s structural integrity and safety. Operations will resume as soon as security and safety clearances from concerned agencies are given,” Ayala Land said. – GMANews.TV

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Tonio,

    Lets wait for the official report of the bomb squad or police,this is scaring me. I was in a meeting in Paseo, just after we were blogging this lunch time. I knew about the bombing because it was on the television in our receiving area.

  4. “Arroyo’s National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales has previously said the government was not ruling out future terroist attacks on “soft” targets such as shopping malls.Inquirer”

    • qwert on October 19, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Bloggers cover Makati mall blast

    By Joey Alarilla
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 05:42pm (Mla time) 10/19/2007

    MANILA, Philippines–The Makati mall blast that rocked the financial district this afternoon and left at least eight dead as of this writing has also reverberated in the Philippine blogosphere, with some even posting photos of the blast site.

    One such blogger is “Disney Cute Land,” who took photographs of the aftermath with his digital camera and posted them on Multiply.com.

    In a telephone conversation with this writer, he recounted what he posted on his entry — it was ice cream that saved him from possibly becoming a victim of the blast.

    “I was in a state of shock. If I hadn’t bought ice cream… I’m still shaken,” Disney said, recounting that he had decided to buy ice cream while he was on his way back to the Park Square 2 walkway.

    Disney gave INQUIRER.net permission to publish the photos he took.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and INQUIRER.net blogger Manuel L. Quezon III also covered the blast on his Current blog.

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    “Sir RAM: Police said C4 explosive.Ayala Land said it came from outside the mall.” – tonio

    C4 is not easy to get.

  5. RAM:pls elaborate.what’s C4?

    • Earl on October 19, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I really am amused on what continuous political issues would do to ones mind. Just look at the first response.

    Personally, that’s the first thought that came to my mind when I heard of the blast.

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Some info on C4:

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/c-42.htm

    The U.S. military is the primary manufacturer of C-4, and it tightly guards its supply, but there are a number of other sources for similar explosive material (including Iran, which has a history of conflict with the United States).

    • Eugene on October 19, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I guess the only reason why Ayala Land is reiterating that the explosion came from outside is that otherwise, their hired security guards were negligent in checking bags, etc.

  6. I read somewhere that a similar bombing took place amidst people gathering in a well-known Plaza in Manila.

    I sincerely hope the motives then are not the same as the motives of the perperators of this recent one.

    Pity the innocent victims while the evil ones are on the loose…..as usual!

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    C4 is sometimes called plastic explosive, imagine your child’s play dough. Its very stable, it takes heat to detonate it as what a time delay fuse can do. Its quite expensive and access is limited to military and big construction companies.
    If its your conventional claymore (mines, old ones) there should be shrapnel (the metal debris that can cause injury in a wide radius), also if its the home made pipe bomb, traces of metal debris and nails would be found. If no traces of shrapnel, you can not rule out your typical dynamite.

    • Trivia Buff on October 19, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Oh come on, everyone knows that the bag-checking thing is a joke, be it in Ayala or elsewhere. Considering how easy it would be for people to sneak something into NAIA where security is a tad tighter, shopping malls are really soft targets.

    Heard from a report that a lot of the injured were children. These perpetrators are schmucks, all of them.

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Ramrod, can C4 be a shaped charge?

    • rom on October 19, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    earl: your, and xyz’s, response is not amusing at all.

    equalizer: it’s a strong explosive. looks like clay. pretty stable. watch an action movie and when you see a lump of something that they push wires into, then you’ve seen how c4 looks like.

    ramrod: thank you for calling for objectivity and sobriety, and for giving the official investigation a chance to do its work. the last thing we need now are ignorant knee-jerk reactions like those of earl and xyz.

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    taipan88,

    This link will be helpful.

    http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Pool/1644/marcosera.html

    • mike on October 19, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    why would anyone want to grab the limelight and make the headlines when the enemy is just starting to boil in her own fat? this is 911 philippine style. every time GMA is in hot water an incident grabs the headline.

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    oops, taipan88, my response to you is awaiting moderation, I included a link.

    • levi on October 19, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Abu Sayyaf to Arroyo: Pera pera lang and we’ll give you the cover.

    • mylene on October 19, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    ”GOD PLS SAVE OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE “

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    trivia buff, if i remember, that part of Glorietta is where all the shops for kids and expectant mothers are. there also was an indoor amusement park there.

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    mylene, i think God only helps those who help themselves.

  7. Sirs RAM n ROM: thanks! not work of amateurs ,it seems.

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    This is the last thing we need, and in a business district at that. The best we can do is calm down, avoid panicking, and encourage others to do the same. As usual we’ll be intelligently vigilant, don’t form any conclusions yet, the events will unfold by themselves…

    • Willy on October 19, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Sometime in the 80’s I witnessed a blast w/c occurred
    by the roadside somewhere near MileLong. The blast shattered
    the glass panels of the restaurant we were in, but did not
    injure anybody, and probably was not meant to, since the
    bomb went of in a side street where there were no people.
    Just gouged a hole in the side street.

    This one is different. The ones who plotted it obviously had mass murder in their minds, to include kids and expectant mothers. Shocking, I wonder what goes on in those minds…

  8. “As usual we’ll be intelligently vigilant, don’t form any conclusions yet, the events will unfold by themselves…ramrod”

    Wise words!

    • Geo on October 19, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Wow — a lot of immature, ignorant, uncaring and/or evil people are spewing a lot of BS on tv and in the blogs right now. Not good.

    Families just lost their loved ones. Others are freaking out. This country just lost its equilibrium. Lashing out blindly is pretty much the worst thing to do right now. Please stop it.

    Pull together. Help each other recover. We can all piece together any info later; but we are incapable of doing so now. Patience and strength…please.

    • mylene on October 19, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    ”GOD PLS SAVE THIS COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE”

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    GOD PLS SAVE THIS COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE

    Mylene

    AMEN…

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    cvj,

    how is the news being received in Singapore?

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Ramrod, no news from BBC and Channel News Asia. The only bombing reported is the one in Pakistan.

  9. ramrod:Trillanes says admin behind it.

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Ok, just heard now, in Channel News Asia, they have reported the Makati bombing as their headline.

    • levi on October 19, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Nice try Geo.

    • cvj on October 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Geo, does it feel like August 22, 1983 over there?

    • ramrod on October 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    equalizer,

    do you have the link to their website?

    • tagabukid on October 19, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    I cant help but say that the last time a major bombing event of this magnitude happened, an administration went crumbling down within a month.

    not to point an accusing finger, but history has a wicked way of repeating itself.

    But of course, we can all wait for the official result of the investigations.

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