Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:50
(BY; REV. BERLIE G. YAP) Two bomb explosions rocked again the City’s downtown, in Tomas Claudio St., at least before 8 o’clock in the evening last Sunday. Barangay eMedia right away also proceeded to the site to report on the spot news to the public.
Chief Inspector (CI) Ariel Huesca, chief of the City Public Safety Company, related the sequence of the explosions. He said that the personnel of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) were responding to the first explosion at the second floor of the bomb site and were already starting to make necessary scene of the crime investigations.
However, same personnel soon noticed another suspicious baggage loosed outside the building in a sidewalk. Hence, they performed standard procedures. A bomb sniffing dog was sent close to assess the said baggage, with his handler PO2 Frnaklin Manuel Inid, and the dog sat. It is a code meaning that the baggage was positive.
Without adieu PO2 Inid and his dog left in just enough distance for safety and no sooner the suspected second bomb detonated. It wounded the officer and his dogs by the shrapnels of the second explosion. The officer and his dog were brought to the hospital for an immediate medical attention.
The City police force is now in their continuous investigations to determine the responsible persons or group of the twin explosions.
Meanwhile, the Lady Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar assured the public of the City’s peace and order. She also specifically mentioned the Centennial Jamboree as also relatively safe.
Obviously the explosions were for terror motivation only. The Centennial Jamboree is like a magnet salivating terror groups to spark havocs to draw attentions nationally or even internationally. In fairness to our police, the terror attempt was a failure because the public now know to right away call law enforcers when even a slight hint shows any bomb suspicion.
The men in uniform will always be there to right away risk their lives. The siege last year enhanced our City police. Anything a flicker this time, it will be horded by our law enforcers. Safety is and must be everyone’s concern now. Terror groups should know that the Zamboangueño today are much alert as the police and the military.
Taking into account, at the early dawn of the siege last year, the first to respond to the MNLF forces in Rio Hondo were the City police. Needless to point anymore an emphasis to how our men in uniform are that alert since that fateful moment.
Indeed, everyone must help each other to keep our City in safety. The Armed Forces of the Philippines did just also declare an all-out war with the Abu Sayyaf in the province of Basilan. By experience, their tentacles may also create some distractions outside Basilan where Zamboanga is always their prime target for excursion.
When you go to shop anywhere downtown, never complain when blue guards will really check you or your bags. They will have to do so in the name of safety. You won’t loss anything if you submit anyway.
One thing more, despite of all these, Zamboanga City must show to the world that we aren’t troubled or shaken. Terrorists’ aim is to scare us, but if we show that life goes to be normal in our beloved City, it will be a failure to them.
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” Ps. 91:5-7
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