The wave of violence last week in this religiously divided and politically troubled archipelago has made residents skittish even in Manila, the capital some 500 miles to the north, where a bomb damaged a government office in June and several others were found.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has beefed up an anti-terrorist command center and troops have been placed on high alert. Bomb-sniffing dogs patrol the airport and weapons checkpoints have sprung up throughout the metropolitan area of 12 million residents.
The Los Angeles Times is not reporting that there have been over 60 bombs since January of this year! Philippine National Security Advisor Norberto Gonzales said he expected more bombings before Arroyo's State of the Nation Address speech on July 27. "Militants no longer believe that rallies work," he said. "They want to get their message across, so they might resort to more gimmicks like bombs."
Can you imagine the level of martial law this country would be at if there had been 60+ bombings of places in this country?
The country has recorded 62 bombings and attempted bomb attacks since January, Sen. Rodolfo Biazon bared today.
Biazon, chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense, said the latest bombing incident in Iligan City -- where 22 people were wounded -- is the 62nd case.
"That will make an average of 10 bombing and bombing attempt incidents a month," Biazon said in a radio interview.
Source: Los Angeles Times; Philstar