AFP: 'Pranksters' behind foiled NAIA-3 bomb try

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2014 03:48 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2014 11:48 PM

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) considers the foiled bombing attempt at the NAIA 3 as a work of a “prankster” and not part of a terrorist or destabilization plot.

"We still believe that this is not a terrorist act kasi it was done by somebody whom we know that is more or less like a prankster who wants to get the attention of the public,” AFP chief Gregorio Catapang told reporters at the Senate after his confirmation hearing.

"There is no destabilization angle on that report kasi imagine ano lang ‘yun labintador lang tapos nilagyan ng gasolina. Anybody can do that. I think that's not something that we should bother about,” he added.

He nonetheless said that the perpetrators should be brought to justice, saying they committed a criminal offense.

Catapang said that there are also no threats directed at other areas, including the military camp or the Chinese Embassy.

"We looked around, sabi may mga threat din daw sa kampo namin. But negative naman. So we didn't want to put more, parang bigyan sila ng importansya. Because they are just, to us, pranksters,” he said.