San Juan Explosion: Investigation continues, security measures in place, says Malacañang

Malacañang said the government is exerting all necessary efforts to maintain peace and order in the country following a blast in San Juan City on Saturday morning.

In an interview over government-run radio station DzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte assured that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is conducting a thorough investigation to identify those responsible for the latest violent incident and ensure the safety of the people.

“Ang magandang balita po diyan ay negative na nagkaroon ng injuries to persons, damage to property po ang meron doon. Nagco-conduct na ang explosive division ng San Juan ng kanilang investigation,” Valte said.

When asked on the government’s security preparations for the upcoming visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the country, Valte said that although there are no terror threats gathered, the PNP has been on full alert status to ensure the safety of the visiting head of state.

“Katulad po nang sinabi ng spokesperson ng PNP, si General (Generoso) Cerbo, ay walang information that there are threats but that the standard procedure that we conduct whenever we have heads of state or foreign officials who will be visiting the country. So naka-alerto ang PNP ready to provide the security that is necessary,” Valte noted.

Prime Minister Rajib will be arriving in the country on Sunday to meet with President Aquino and to witness the historic signing of the Framework Agreement between the government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the creation of the Bangsamoro on Monday afternoon.

Recent reports revealed that a fragmentation grenade exploded 1:15am Saturday at the basement office of LK Global Holdings Corporation in Bonaventure Plaza, Ortigas Avenue in San Juan.

Initial investigations by the police claimed that the explosion is an isolated case and the intention to cause panic especially to Greenhills shoppers is far-fetched.

The PNP assured police visibility in the area especially now that the yuletide season draws near.