Big explosion hits Makati vacant lot

January 23, 2012 10:43 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 23 — An explosion rocked a vacant lot in Salcedo Village in Makati City on Monday afternoon but no one was reported injured.

According to Makati Police Chief, Supt. Jaime Santos the explosion occurred at a vacant lot along H.V DeLa Costa and Tordesillas Streets beside the Salcedo Village Park at around 2 p.m.

“Around 2 p.m. po nagpapatrulya po ang mga kapulisan natin nang may narinig silang malakas na pagsabog dun sa lugar at nang kanilang pinuntahan nakita nga nila itong pinangyarihan at ilang mga fragments (Around 2 pm while our policemen were patrolling the area when they heard an explosion and when they arrive at the site, they saw some fragments),” Santos said.

He also said that the explosion damaged parked cars in the area while glass panels of several business establishments were also shattered though no one was reported hurt in the incident, which rattled the neighborhood.

“Wala namang casualties o nasaktan kahit na malakas ang pagsabog dahil nga sa nangyari ito sa bakanteng lote (No casualty was reported or even injured since the explosion took place on big vacant lot),” the official said.

Many wealthy and middle-class Makati residents live in high-rise condominiums in the village, one of the two mixed-use zones located in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) with the other one being Legazpi Village.

Immediately after the blast, police cordoned off the area while the Makati Police Explosives and Ordnance Division (EOD) conducted their investigation to determine what type of explosive caused the blast.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were also seen in the area while a team from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) also responded, according to Santos.

“Nag-iimbestiga na ang EOD team natin at kinukolekta ang mga fragments na nakita dun sa area para matingnan kung ano ang pinanggalingan nito. May team na rin mula sa crime lab at mga K-9 units (The EOD had conducted its investigation and they collected some fragments so they can determine what kind of bomb. There was also the team from crime lab and K-9 units),” he said.

The official said he also informed National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Alan Purisima and Southern Police District (SPD) Jose Arne de los Santos of the incident.

Though investigations are ongoing, de los Santos discounted the possibility that the blast was terror-related.

Earlier, authorities said operations were still ongoing to arrest several suspected terrorists identified by President Benigno Aquino III as among those out to sow mayhem, including the feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. (PNA) dct/RMA/CLTC

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