Predawn blasts hit QC, Mandaluyong

Posted at 11/09/2009 9:04 AM | Updated as of 11/09/2009 3:38 PM

MANILA – Two explosions shook Metro Manila before dawn Monday, with one occurring at Ortigas in Mandaluyong City and the other along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

There have been no reported injuries in both incidents.

A strong explosion rocked the San Miguel Corporation building at around 3 a.m., which damaged the building’s signage. According to the Mandaluyong City bomb squad, the explosion happened right below the San Miguel signage.

The impact of the explosion was felt in nearby buildings, witnesses said.

A restaurant security guard, who was located around 100 meters away from the San Miguel compound, told ABS-CBN News that he felt the impact. Customers of the restaurant fled the establishment because of fear.

Authorities have yet to determine the explosive used. But they said it is not a sophisticated explosive as it did not cause great damage and did not have shrapnel.

Eastern Police District director Chief Superintendent Benjardi Mantele, meantime, said the public should not be alarmed because the initial investigation reveals that those behind the explosion just wanted attention.

Mantele said if the suspects wanted to sow fear among the public, the explosion would have been stronger.

Police deployment

Another explosion took place at a supermarket in Quezon City two hours after the blast in Mandaluyong.

According to security guards and bystanders along Puregold Commonwealth Avenue, a lone suspect hurled an explosive at the supermarket’s entrance at around 5 a.m.

The blast alarmed motorists and bystanders in the area. There were no injuries.

The explosion damaged the ceiling of the supermarket's entrance. The interior of the establishment was spared, police noted.

The suspect was aboard a white taxi, witnesses related. They added that the suspect even waited for the supermarket’s two security guards to leave their post before he threw the explosive.

Senior Superintendent Audie Arroyo, Quezon City Police District deputy director for operations, said they are investigating if the explosion is related to the earlier blast in Mandaluyong.

Authorities said they are finding out if the explosive was a grenade or dynamite. They also plan to coordinate with the Puregold Commonwealth management to know if it has private problem that could lead to the blast.

The QCPD said it will deploy policemen to establishments in order to ensure public safety.

Metro blasts

Twin pre-dawn explosions also happened in Metro Manila last October 30 in Pasig City and Quezon City.

The first happened at residential condominium One Burgundy Plaza along Katipunan Avenue in Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.

The explosion came from a bag left behind a parked red Honda Civic with plate number WFY 927, owned by Allan Valencia, 22.

The other blast took place at the Unionbank Plaza along Meralco Avenue in Ortigas Center, Pasig. The explosion was caused by a pillbox.

There were no reported injuries in both incidents. – With reports from radio dzMM, Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News and Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News