Batasan Bombing

A bomb was detonated at the Batasan on Tuesday night, killing Rep. Akbar of Basilan and his aide, Junaskiri Hayudini, and two other people. My condolences to those left behind by the victims.My first thoughts.One, a bomb detonated literally at the doorstep of Congress was political statement more than anything. I don’t think that Rep. Wahab was the main target. It just so happened that he was the more prominent figure who was at the wrong place and time. Pinning the incident around him might rule out the possibility of other targets or the total irrelevance of a target. Sorry, but part of just didn’t trust so-called intelligence reports stating that the blast targeted Akbar. If you really want to target a person, you do it while they’re in transit. Not while they’re walking out of the door, and not in a government office.Two, what a lousy security. This isn’t some mall or store, but a national institution. Sure, most of the congressmen aren’t well-liked on so many levels, but I still feel that they deserve the utmost security right in their own workplace. I hope they have security cameras that could have caught the motorcycle and its driver.Lastly, resuming session the day after a fatal explosion is a political statement as well, and it goes something like “People die, moving on.” rather than “Bombing won’t stop us from doing our job.” Ang insensitive. Makes you wonder how congressmen themselves really view each other, even after death.On a more personal note, I noticed that I’m not as affected by this bombing compared to the Glorietta blast. (Just owe up to the accident ALI! Stop fishing for other opinions.) From what I can tell, these things are meant to instill public fear and fuel anarchic sentiments. But I’m just plain tired of my emotions being played by faceless entities who aim to benefit from these commotions.We’ll see in the coming days what else the PNP investigation will come up with.Technorati: , ,

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