January 25, 2011. A public transport bus suddenly exploded at around 2:00 PM near the MRT Buendia station on the northbound lane of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Two people died on the spot, while two succumbed to injuries later that day. A 5th fatality was reported the following day. Thirteen people were injured.
In a January 28 press briefing, it was confirmed that an improvised explosive device (IED) left by two people inside the bus caused the blast, and a cellphone was used as a triggering device to set it off. Malacañang put up a million-peso bounty for information leading to the arrest of persons behind the terrorist attack.
On June 7, it was reported that a certain Julani Sison was arrested in connection with the bombing, but witnesses failed to tag him as one of the suspects.
Also on the Covers:
- The bus bombing incident coincided with the commemoration of former Pres. Cory Aquino’s 78th birthday.
- More updates on former military comptroller Carlos Garcia’s plea bargaining agreement.
- It was reported that the gun used to kill radioman and environmentalist Gerry Ortega was owned by one of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes’ bodyguards.
- The Philippines ranked 130th in the 2010 Global Peace Index by the Institute of Economics and Peace. The country ranked 114th in 2009.
On that day, I was at school (Asia Pacific College in Magallanes) until around 5PM. On my way home, a classmate of mine (who was with me at school until noon) sent me this text message:
atty nsa bahay kna? . . ngMrt kb?
(Attorney [my nickname], are you at your house right now? Did you take the MRT?)
Her text message came out of the blue. It was uncommon for her to check on us, let alone ask these questions, via SMS. I took the MRT. Then, I saw the news at home.
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.