Aquino in Zamboanga City after car bomb blast
The President orders a thorough investigation of the blast and is scheduled to visit those injured
INSPECTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the site where a car bomb exploded in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau
MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III arrived in Zamboanga City on Sunday, January 25, to inspect the security situation in the city following a car bomb that claimed two lives and left at least 48 injured on Friday, January 23. 

Aquino is in Zamboanga City together with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and General Gregorio Catapang Jr. of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Particular direction

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Saturday, January 24, the government and security officials have leads on who is responsible for the blast based on the current evidence presented. 

BLAST SITE. The explosion rocked the bus terminal in Guiwan, Zamboanga City. Photo by Charlie Saceda/Rappler

Mayroon na pong tinutumbok based on the evidence that has been gathered, but we will leave that to the military and the Philippine National Police (There is a lead based on the evidence that has been gathered but we will leave that to the military and the PNP),” she said in an interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Meanwhile, Aquino has instructed local officials to extend assistance to those affected by the blast. The car which carried the explosion was parked near a bar.  

The president is also expected to pay his respects to the two people killed and visit the injured. 

Most of the victims were bystanders and pedestrians on their way to the nearby Guiwan bus terminal. –