(Metro News) NCRPO probes early dawn Metro bombings

November 8, 2009 10:53 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 9 –- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday morning said it is investigating if the two bombings that happened in Mandaluyong City and Quezon City before dawn are related as police operatives launched a massive manhunt on the perpetrators.

NCRPO director Chief Supt. Roberto Rosales also said they are still finding out what type of explosives were used in the bombings that happened at past 3 a.m. Monday in Mandaluyong City and before 5 a.m. in Quezon City.

Rosales said the explosion in Mandaluyong occurred right outside the main office of food and beverage conglomerate San Miguel Corporation at the corner of J. Vargas and San Miguel avenues past 3 a.m.

The blast was strong enough to partially damage the signage of San Miguel, Mandaluyong Police probers said.

Initial investigation by Mandaluyong Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) revealed that an unidentified suspect lobbed the explosive at the wall of the building, where it bounced off and landed on the grassy pathway.

The explosive was placed inside a canvas bag, the Mandaluyong Police SOCO’s initial investigation said.

Two hours later, another explosion rocked the Puregold Supermarket on Commonwealth Avenue in Old Balara, Quezon City.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego said in his report to Rosales that the explosion occurred sometime between 4:50 a.m. and 5 a.m. Bomb experts have yet to identify the type of explosive used in this incident. (PNA)V3/JCA

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