MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) downplayed fears that the explosion near Quiapo Church on Friday night was a terror attack.
At least 11 people were injured in the explosion along Quezon Boulevard that took place at around 10:49 p.m.
NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde said the explosion was caused by a pipe bomb.
He also said it was not related to the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila and that it could have been caused by a gang war in the area.
“Wala po tayong nakukuhang threat or any clear o present danger with regards to any terror act na related po dito sa ginaganap na ASEAN Summit dito sa atin. At ito pong pagsabog na 'to malayo pong ito ay related dyan dahil ito po ang initial report sa atin ay parang dating away ito sa gang gang dito sa may quiapo area,” Albayalde told radio DZMM.
“Hindi po siya naman talaga major explosion, we are discounting the fact na parang ito'y bomba… nasabi na hindi talaga sya major explosion dahil wala pa pong naulat na namatay.”
The Philippine Red Cross brought 2 victims to the Jose Reyes Medical Center and another one to the Philippine General Hospital, Sen. Richard Gordon said on Twitter.
Police said they are continuing their investigation into the explosion. - with reports from Michael Joe Delizo, ABS-CBN News; DZMM