MANILA, Philippines – The head of a fraternity linked to the September 26 Bar exams blast was summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday.
Jojo del Rosario, Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) grand council president, said he was asked to submit a statement regarding the incident.
He confirmed that one Jed Carlo Lazaga, who was accused of being among those behind the violence, is indeed an Akrho member.
Lazaga’s fraternity “brothers” in Cebu have denied that he was involved in the bombing.
Akrho-Cebu president Richard Buscayno also said that the University of San Jose-Recoletos law student has not been involved in fraternity-related activities for a long time.
Police Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo, spokesperson of a special task force looking into the incident, said they are still investigating Lazaga.
The NBI, meanwhile, plans to summon the leaders of other fraternity groups that were in the De La Salle University (DLSU) area during the “salubong” for the Bar examinees.
Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla, officer-in-charge of the Manila Police District (MPD), said they have identified 3 suspects behind the explosion, which was caused by a World War 2-era MK-2 grenade.
"Ang granada, kapag sumabog sa ere, it will spread 360 degrees. Pero ito po ay tumama sa sahig kaya't sa mga paa ang tama ng mga biktima," said Chief Inspector Oliver Navales of the MPD’s explosive ordnance division.
The police findings matched a statement given on Monday by a witness, who claimed to have seen a man pull out a grenade from a bag before throwing the explosive into the crowd along Taft Avenue.
Rongavilla said charges of multiple frustrated murder and physical injuries will be filed against the yet-to-be-named suspects. – with reports from Maan Macapagal and Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News