Nine dead, scores injured. The absurd LPG theory has been discarded by the investigators, and now the authorities say what every taxi driver and ordinary Pinoys instinctively know from the time word got out that Luk Yuen in Glorietta 2 had been blasted into smithereens: it was a bomb attack. To date, there has been no statement as yet from any of the known terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf. One statement of admission turned out to be a dud.
Kumusta naman ang Human Security Act? Where is the much-vaunted “chilling effect” to would-be terrorists?
And the funnier thing is, even if the perpetrators were found and arrested, they could not be arrested under the Human Security Act. This is because the HSA requires as an element of a terrorist act the making of “an unlawful demand on the government.” There being no demand yet — no calls for the release of any prisoners, for example — the elements of the HSA have not set in.
Was the government behind it, as Senator Trillanes suggests? Traces of C4 were found at the explosion site, and C4 is a military explosive, controlled exclusively by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. At the very least, this means Trillanes’ assertion may not be dismissed hastily. If there is evidence linking the government to the bombing, would it be possible to indict the perpetrators under the HSA? Well, not really, unless it is possible to make an unlawful demand against oneself.
(And yet in Mindanao a few months ago, Kaka Bag-ao, an agrarian reform lawyer, discovered that her belongings had been searched and her case files had been confiscated by agents of the military in the name of the Human Security Act. Could it be that given the many loopholes in the Agrarian Reform Law that permit of circumventions by landowners, the demand for land now may be considered an “unlawful demand”? )
One president who will stop at nothing. A cabal of diehards who will support her to the end. Nine dead bodies. One hundred or so injured people. Several terrorist groups waiting in the sidelights. One inutile law. Perfect recipe for mayhem.