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    POLICEMEN defused an improvised bomb found by a street sweeper near the US embassy in Manila on Monday.

    The bomb was similar to the improvised explosive device used in the Davao bombing, according to Manila Police District (MPD) Director Senior Supt. Joel Coronel.

    TERROR ATTEMPT? A member of a police bomb disposal unit inspects the improvised explosive device. PHOTO BY ROGER RAÑADA

    TERROR ATTEMPT? A member of a police bomb disposal unit inspects the improvised explosive device. PHOTO BY ROGER RAÑADA

    Had the bomb exploded, it could have killed or maimed anyone within a 100-meter radius. It was composed of a cellphone, 81 mm mortar, a blasting cap and a nine-volt battery.

    “Most probably there was an intention to bomb the area because there’s a detonating device, a cellphone, but this is still under investigation,” Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said in a phone interview.

    The device was defused several minutes after its discovery.

    “We are thankful that the municipal employee and the PNP took quick and appropriate actions to ensure the safety of all,” US Embassy Press Attachè and first secretary Molly Koscina said.

    The MPD said two persons who claimed to have information on the planting of the bomb have come out. Investigators are checking all the CCTVs near the embassy to find out if the man who left the explosive was caught by the cameras.

    Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa admitted that probers have not zeroed in on any suspect.

    “Pwedeng terrorist group, pwedeng taong galit sa embassy na hindi na approve ang visa, pwedeng mga tao na gustong pabagsakin ang US embassy, (it can be the handiwork of terrorists or someone mad at the embassy because his visa was not approved). Anybody can do that,” Philippine National Police Chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said.

    “By our analysis, we can theorize that this can be linked to the Maute (group) dahil sa nangyari sa Davao, same ang signature (because what happened in Davao, it has the same signature),” dela Rosa said.

    At least 14 people were killed when a bomb exploded at a night market in Davao City in September this year.
    The PNP chief called on the public not to panic.

    “Maghihigpit tayo sa ating security, mag ingat tayo. Everything is under control, the police is on top of the investigation,” he added.

    He said the incident will not be used by government to justify the declaration of martial law.

    “The government will not use an incident that will cause panic, fear and undue harm, or even death to its own people to declare martial law,” the PNP chief said.

    Malacanang also gave assurances that government is on top of the situation.

    “We assure the public that this incident should not be a cause for alarm. Business and work continue as normal,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

    “The PNP is on top of the situation and shall beef up security measures in public places especially where there are big crowds. To ensure public safety in airports, seaports, bus and mass transport terminals, concerned transport agencies are instructed to increase the visibility and presence of uniformed personnel and heighten the screening of persons and luggage as part of our security vigilance,” Andanar added.

    In a separate statement, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella also allayed fears that the US embassy incident and ongoing military operations against the Maute Group would justify a move to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

    “The reaction of opposition lawmakers that the discovery of IED near the US embassy along with movement of the Maute group may be laying a foundation for the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus is reading too much into the situation,” Abella said.

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    1. Terrorism attempt???
      You can be rest assured that it’s the handiwork of the USGov. in view of President Duterte’s realignment with Russia and China.

      The USGov is currently in the thick of it supporting “rebels” in Syria to depose Bashar Assad. They are using this scenario should the bomb went off in front of their embassy as a pretext to intervene militarily in the Philippines, citing terrorist attack on their diplomatic compound.

      Think SanJuanBridge Incident, Bay Of American Pigs Invasion, JFK Assasination, PearlHarbour, 911 attacks, Ukraine Maidan Coup d etat, and so on…and so forth…and such like.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if George Soros fingerprints would again register in a probable Colour Revolution happening in Manila anytime soon.

      The fascist/warmongering USGov is getting all nervous after Duterte’s successful detente with Russia-China as well as Trump’s projected “isolationist” US foreign policy that is why they are back to their own dirty tricks.

      The recent ambush of Prez Dutete’s security team in Lanao is a follow-up on their dastardly plan to oust Mr. Duterte from office where an American ass-kissing Vice-President Robredo successor would easily be amenable in serving American interests.

      As for Mr.Duterte, quit your gung-ho demeanor for a while and stop acting foolhardy by STILL going to Lanao taking the SAME ambush route. YOU ARE NOT BULLETPROOF.
      Should you be taken out by these bastards, ALL of your efforts in giving the Philippines renewed HOPE towards attaining national progress would go down the drain, especially now that the Philippines has established promising diplomatic relations with both Russia and China.

    2. Terrorism attempt???
      You can be rest assured that it’s the handiwork of the USGov. in view of President Duterte’s realignment with Russia and China.

      The USGov is currently in the thick of it supporting “rebels” in Syria to depose Bashar Assad. They are using this scenario should the bomb went off in front of their embassy as a pretext to intervene militarily in the Philippines, citing terrorist attack on their diplomatic compound.

      Think SanJuanBridge Incident, PearlHarbour, 911 attacks, Ukraine Maidan Coup d etat, and so on…and so forth…and such like.
      The recent ambush of Prez Dutete’s security team in Lanao is a follow-up on their dastardly plan to oust Mr. Duterte from office where an American ass-kissing Vice-President Robredo successor would easily be amenable to bow down to serve American interests.

      As for Mr.Duterte, quit your gung-ho demeanor for a while and stop acting foolhardy by STILL going to Lanao taking the SAME ambush route. YOU ARE NOT BULLETPROOF.
      Should you be taken out by these bastards, ALL of your efforts in giving the Philippines renewed HOPE towards attaining national progress would go down the drain, especially now that the Philippines has established promising diplomatic relations with both Russia and China.

      • Who will you blame when the US shuts down the jobs they provide to the Philippines from the BPO’s ?

        Who will the Philippines expect help from when another Typhoon like Yolanda hits ?

        If it wasn’t for the US more people would of died in Tacloban, they were giving aid to the people when the Philippines government was sitting in Manila adding the 400 million dollars in aid money to their bank accounts.
        It took the Philippines government 5 days before they set up a food and water station while the US arrived 5 days earlier.

        As far as a alignment with Russia, Russia has already stated that there would be no military alliance with the Philippines.

        Here’s the thing the Philippines doesn’t bring anything to the party except corruption.

        Not much demand for a country that has nothing to offer except some corrupt politicians.

    3. This is a false flag, a ploy. Remember the Michael Meiring case. These dastardly Americans are up to something sinister once again.

    4. With all the Huli Cams and cell phone videos out there these days they are bound to have a film of the culprit. Someone saw them drop it or leave it there. We all know the suspects but facing up to the threat may well require many dead bodies before the police and government are compelled to act.

      • I agree. The incompetence of the PNP to prohibit the people from looking at a bomb disposal operation is a classic!

        just look at another policeman who is unprotected walking nearby?

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