• Lawmaker bares bomb plot at Batasan

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    Kusug Tausug party-list Rep. Shernee Tan on Tuesday decried the alleged attempt to plant explosives in her car inside the House of Representatives complex.

    In her privilege speech during the plenary session, Tan said there was an attempt to forcibly open her car Monday evening.

    She noted that the culprit was familiar with all the areas within the complex and knew where the closed-circuit television cameras were located because he or she was not detected.

    The Philippine National Police has ruled out carjacking or theft as probable motives.

    “The culprit may have intended to embed or plant an improvised explosive under the front seat of my car, where I usually sit,” Tan said.

    “This unfortunate incident once more dramatizes the state of security in our workplace as I call attention to the overriding need for the strict implementation of security measures here in the House of the people,” she added.

    Tan recalled the Batasan blast on Nov. 13, 2007 that killed at least five people, including Rep. Wahab Akbar, and injured a dozen others.

    She said that while the alleged perpetrators were killed in a raid near the Batasan area, the masterminds remained scot-free.

    The Department of Justice junked the multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder charges against the suspected masterminds in 2008. Another suspect was cleared by the Supreme Court in 2013.

    “Our country has been jittery since the recent bloody bombing in Davao City and also with the ongoing intense military operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu,” Tan said. “We cannot therefore discount the possibility that the mastermind or masterminds in last night’s incident intended to ride on the Abu Sayyaf fever.”

    The lawmaker urged police authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident.

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