November 28, 2016
It was a tense morning in Manila after a bomb was allegedly found near the U.S. Embassy on Monday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) officials in the National Capital Region confirmed that at around 6 a.m., a street sweeper found a suspicious-looking object, a gin bottle wrapped in black plastic. A cellphone and cables were attached to the object, they said.
The find was immediately reported to the police who quickly responded, said PNP-NCR Police Office acting regional director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde.
The improvised explosive device was located inside a trash can around 25 meters from the embassy’s gate, he added.
PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa described it as “an attempted act of terrorism.”
The southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard and T.M. Kalaw St. Next to the U.S. Embassy were closed off until 8:43 a.m., causing heavy traffic in the area.
The U.S. Embassy confirmed the “discovery of a device.”
“This morning a municipal employee reported the discovery of a device to U.S. Embassy guards, who immediately contacted the police,” said Molly Koscina, press attaché and First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy,
“We are thankful that the municipal employee and the Philippine National Police took quick and appropriate action to ensure the safety of all,” Koscina added.
Members of the PNP bomb disposal unit detonated the bomb before noon.
Authorities are now investigating who left the improvised explosive device.
Similar to Davao blast device
Dela Rosa said the IED has a similar design to the one that killed at least 14 people in Davao City in September.