Cops dismiss terrorism angle in Cebu resort bomb try

By Jhunnex Napallacan
Visayas Bureau
Last updated 10:49pm (Mla time) 07/23/2007

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Lapulapu City police dismissed the terrorism angle in the recovery of a bomb on Sunday dawn just outside the Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa, one of the posh resorts in Cebu located in the city.


Superintendent Louie Oppus, chief of the Lapulapu City Police Station, concluded that personal motive was behind the incident.


“Definitely, it’s not related to terrorism,” Oppus said on Monday.


Oppus said they had “leads” on the identities of the people who could be behind in the bomb blast attempt.


He said one of the angles that they considered was the implementation of a strict policy by the resort’s security guards and village watchmen in the area against public utility vehicles, mostly van-for-hire, parked along the road.


Oppus said many vans-for-hire parked along the road outside the resort waiting for passengers either from the resort, the nearby Shangrila’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa or from the small port where several tourists would arrive after their site-seeing activities or island hopping.


He theorized that the target of the bomb could be the security guards or village watchmen whose outpost is also located there.


The hotel management alerted the police about the paper bag left by two motorcycle-riding men in front of the resort’s security guard’s booth at 2 a.m. on Sunday.


Authorities who searched the bag, found an MK2 bomb, a pineapple-shaped bomb used during the World War 11, Oppus said.


Though it was just a grenade, Oppus said, it could have killed people had it exploded.


Oppus said members of his Special Weapons and tactics (SWAT) team detonated the bomb hours after it was recovered.


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