Police boost security after San Juan blast

Malacañang assures the public tighter security will be implemented following an explosion near Greenhills shopping center

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured the public on Saturday, October 13, that security is being tightened in Metro Manila following a blast near Greenhills shopping center in San Juan City.

In an interview over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Philippine National Police is conducting a thorough investigation to identify those responsible for the incident, and to ensure the safety of the people.

“The good news here is there was no one was hurt or killed by the blast, it only caused damage to property. The explosive division of San Juan is still conducting an investigation,” Valte said.

A grenade exploded near the Greenhills shopping center before dawn Saturday.

The police said the grenade exploded in front of the office of LK Holdings at Bonaventura Building along Ortigas Avenue at around 1:15 a.m.

Eastern Police District Director Chief Supt Manuel Laurel said no one was hurt in the explosion, but the blast damaged the door of the LK Holdings office.

A closed-circuit television camera will be used by the authorities to identify the suspects. San Juan police also invited the owner of LK Holdings and its security guards for questioning.

Laurel said investigators are looking at the possibility that the explosion was connected to the qualified theft charge filed by LK Holdings against its 3 employees, who allegedly embezzled P20 million from the company. – Rappler.com

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