LTFRB condemns Maguindanao bus bombing
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) condemned the bombing of a passenger bus in Parang, Maguindanao on Sunday morning that left four passengers hurt.
According to the LTFRB, the Rural Tours bus was on its way to Pagadian City with 23 passengers when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at its rear.
Closed circuit television (CCTV) video showed that an unidentified male passenger got off the bus just before the explosion.
“Ikinalulungkot ng LTFRB ang nangyaring insidente lalo na’t naganap ito sa loob ng isang pampasaherong bus. Nananawagan ang ahensya sa publiko na dumulog sa mga awtoridad kung may impormasyon tungkol sa suspect,” said the LTFRB in a statement.
(The LTFRB regrets the incident especially as it took place inside a passenger bus. The agency calls on the public to contact authorities if they have information about the suspect.)
“Samantala, nanawagan din ang ahensya sa mga bus operators at ng mga land transport terminal na higpitan ang kanilang seguridad at laging makipag-ugnayan sa mga alagad ng batas,” it added.
(Meanwhile, the agency also calls on bus operators and land transport terminals to tighten their security and keep in touch with law enforcers.)
The LTFRB said the injured passengers are now recovering in hospitals.
In an earlier report, Lt. Colonel Joseph D. Macatangay, Parang police chief, said the explosion happened about 8:45 a.m., just a kilometer away from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) police headquarters.
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