From Rappler (Aug 7): Bomb explodes near radio station
A bomb exploded in a building that houses a radio station early Wednesday morning, August 7, in Midsayap, North Cotabato.
Authorities said the bomb went off at 3:30 am at the ground floor of the Tenerio building along Santoneo St, Poblacion One, Midsayap. On the second floor of the building is local radio station Wow FM.
There were no reported casualties, but the bomb damaged the door and windows of a pawnshop.
Rolly Sacdalan, radio station owner, told reporters they have been receiving reports of planned terrorist attacks in the town.
Only two days ago, August 5, a powerful blast killed 8 and destroyed 4 vehicles in Cotabato City.
On July 26, a bomb exploded in a restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City, killing 8.
No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents, although there are fears these are related to opposition to the ongoing peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The MILF has condemned the attack in Cotabato City, noting it occurred in the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Even its breakaway group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), which is opposed to the peace talks, also denounced the incident.
But a risk consultancy group hired by foreign businessmen doing business in Mindanao points to the BIFF as the "most likely suspect" in the Cagayan de Oro bombing.
However, most of the victims were motorists who were passing by a funeral home on Sinsuat Avenue where a van, parked earlier by a still unidentified man, exploded.
Among those killed was Chief Insp. Mama Manambuay of the Maguindanao police intelligence unit. His companion, Chief Insp. Abubakar Mangelen, was among the wounded.
Muhammad Ameen, chair of the MILF Secretariat, told Luwaran during an interview last night that the MILF condemns this kind of barbarism where civilians are deliberately targeted as means to deliver message for an evil agenda.
“Whoever did this deserved the wrath of Allah,” Ameen said, explaining that the month of Ramadan is a prohibited time to initiate fighting even if there is an ongoing war between two parties.
Reports said that the bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded as a bulletproof SUV, carrying City Administrator Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, was passing by.
Sayadi was not hurt, but two of her police bodyguards in a security van were killed, officials said, adding it was unclear if Sayadi was the target of the attack.
But police were investigating to determine if Sayadi was the target or her brother, Mayor Japal Guiani Jr.
In a statement issued two hours after the explosion, Sayadi said she strongly believed she was the target of the attack. But she did not say whether she knew who tried to kill her.
The blast came a week after a bomb attack in Cagayan de Oro City that killed eight people and injured 46 others.