It is but natural that many theories have been advanced on the Glorietta 2 blast in Makati City that, as of this writing, already claimed nine lives and injured almost a hundred people. When the facts are slow to trickle in–police are still sifting through “Ground Zero” for evidence–people make that up by spinning yarns.
There’s that spin made by jailed Sen. Antonio Trillanes, done in the confines of his cell, that the Arroyo government was behind the bombing to divert people’s attention away from the scandals President Arroyo is facing. I won’t buy that for now simply because real bombing as opposed to faked bombings is much too messy and bloody for even the worst government to countenance.
My initial take is that this is another terrorist hit. There has been a long lull in the activities of al-Qaeda linked groups like the Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf. With the sustained military operation in Mindanao, these groups needed to show they still are a force to reckon with. Besides, only fanatics have the appetite to kill as many innocent people as they can.
But even if linking the Arroyo administration to the blast is a stretch, the President’s critics are still using that obviously for political reasons. The possibility is that destabilizers will use the incident to foment dissent, especially now that the Arroyo government is on the defensive and is being condemned for the scandals linked to it, from the National Broadband Network issue to the distribution of money in Malacañang.
It would be interesting to find out how things will pan out in the coming days. Can the Arroyo administration gain the people’s support in the fight against terrorism or will the opposition succeed in weakening the President’s hold on Malacañang further because of this incident? Let us wait and see.
–Bong O. Wenceslao, October 20, 2007