A Mindanaoan solon yesterday called on the House leaders to look into what she suspected as a bombing attempt in the House of Representatives at the Batasan Complex.
In a privilege speech Kusug, Tausug party-list Rep. Shernee Tan said it looked like someone had tried to put a bomb inside her car while it was parked at the Batasan.
“At around 8 p.m to 9 p.m., while I was about to board my car, I noticed the rubber gasket at the car door on the right side, where I usually sit, was destroyed,” she narrated.
“Obviously, it was an attempt to forcibly open my car with evil motives,” she added.
According to Tan, the Philippine National Police already ruled out carnapping or theft as the motive.
Therefore, she assumed that the culprit may have intended to embed or plant an improvised explosive under the front seat of her car.
“For what is then the other motive but to cause injury or death to the car owner making each and everyone of us here in the House of Representatives at risk and vulnerable,” she added.
But Tan is confident that it was not the handiwork of terrorists such as the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), rather local politics might be the motive.
“We cannot discount the possibility that the mastermind in last night’s incident intended to ride on the ASG fever. If they succeeded they would just confuse the government investigators by pointing to ASG as the perpetrators,” Tan stressed.
She urged the House leaders to investigate and to implement stricter security measures at the Batasan Complex that had once been rocked by a bombing incident.
On November 13, 2007 a deadly explosion struck the South Wing annex of the Batasan Complex, killing Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar and five employees of the Lower Chamber.