Did 'bombers' try to rig congresswoman's car?

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2016 09:57 PM

MANILA – Unidentified men allegedly attempted to break into a partylist representative's car to rig it with an explosive on Monday night, while it was parked inside the premises of the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

In a privilege speech at the lower House on Tuesday, Kusug-Tausug Partylist Rep. Shermee Tan said that when she went to her car between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday night, she saw that the rubber gasket of her car door was damaged, supposedly in an attempt to "forcibly open [her] car with evil motives."

"The Philippine National Police has ruled out carnapping or theft. The culprit may have intended to embed or plant an improvised explosive (device) under the front seat of my car where I sit," she claimed. 

CCTV cameras inside the Batasan complex failed to capture the incident as her car's location was beyond range. She was parked at the north wing area of the complex.

She demanded a thorough investigation into the incident.

In an interview with media, Tan said police suspect an attempt to plant a bomb in her car, because it is unlikely that anyone would try to steal a car in the Batasan premises where security is tight.

Tan said that the incident reminded her of the bombing at the House of Representatives in 2007, which killed three people, including Representative Wahab Akbar. "Exactly since many nangyari before, dapat mas strict na ang [security]," she said.

Asked who she thought would threaten her life, Tan said it is "normal" for her to receive death and bomb threats, as she comes from a political family.

Tan however said she doubts that the alleged attempt to plant an explosive in her car is the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and hopes that the incident would not be lumped in with attacks by the ASG, or the bombing in Davao City on Friday.

"Kaagad-agad without making the right investigation madali kasing isisi, because sa mga situation nga ngayon sa tingin ko halimbawa kung merong gusto gumawa ng masama napakadali para sa kanila na aangkas lang sa sinasbaing Abu Sayyaf fever," she said. "I think [the attack is] personal."