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Bar Exams Blast leaves 46 Wounded

| Tuesday, September 28, 2010

TAFT AVENUE, MANILA - Last Sunday (September 26), while thousands of bar examinees and well-wishers gathered at the DLSU Campus to celebrate the supposed-to-be joyous culmination of the month-long bar exams, an improvised explosive device blasted in the throng of people leaving 46 wounded.

MPD says that the IED was thrown at the crowd of the law students of UP and San Beda. Because of the blast, forty-two were wounded by the shrapnel while two law students were seriously wounded. One of those seriously wounded was Raissa Laurel, who, after finishing the bar exams was at the point-blank range of the bomb. Her two legs were amputated yesterday.

While many say that the cause was a conflict between rival fraternities, the Supreme Court and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim as of the moment deny such claim for lack of proof. Although the Supreme Court has not yet received an official report from MPD or NBI as of this writing, it will conduct an independent yet parallel investigation to further look into the incident.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on the other hand, said that conflict is likely to happen because of the presence of different schools teasing and throw crass remarks at each other. He suggested that tighter security measures should be done in the traditional “salubong” of students to prevent such incident in the future.

In an interview by Arnold Clavio, SC Spokesperson Midas Marquez said that if the suspects are law students, they should abandon their dreams of becoming a lawyer. PNP says the manhunt for the suspects is ongoing and someone should pay for the bloody incident.

My brother Jasper Ian, was there to meet my sister Celeste Mae who also finished taking the bar exams last Sunday. Good thing they were not hurt. I pray for those affected especially for the two aspiring lawyers who were seriously hurt. The suspects should receive the full penalty of the law for their criminal act.

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