The Philippines may not be Iraq or Syria where explosions have become the norm and silence has become the exception. However, it is not entirely immune to this type of tragic event. It also has its share of truly deadly explosions that could shock the senses.
7. Plaza Miranda Bombing, Aug. 21, 1971
A political rally set in opposition to the Martial Law, where Liberal Party stalwarts, Senator Jovito Salonga and LP President Gerry Roxas, came to an end after two hand grenades were thrown by unidentified men. Nine people died from the bombing and 95 were injured.
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6. Davao Market Bombing, Sept. 2, 2016
On that fateful night, a mall in Davao City was the subject of an explosion which killed 14 people, and 68 injured. Current PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa said that an improvised device caused the explosion. The device was made of mortar rounds and the police claim it was the work of extremist groups. The three suspects linked to the blast have been presented by the military to the media.
5. Easter Sunday Bombing, April 19, 1981
The first bombing incident right after Martial Law was lifted, two grenades were thrown right at the San Pedro Cathedral. Since the church was filled as it was a Sunday, the explosion resulted in the death of 17 churchgoers, wounding 157 people, which is a mixture of both men and women, young and old.
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4. Rizal Day Bombings, Dec. 30, 2000
Set on the day that commemorates the heroism of Jose Rizal, several explosions were heard and seen all over Metro Manila. The said bombings occurred successively albeit in different locations in the metropolis. It was reported that there were 22 dead and more than 100 injured.
3. Davao Airport Bombing, March 4, 2003
At the Davao International Airport Terminal where people are too busy to mind other’s business, an improvised explosive device (IED) rocked the terminal which took the life of 22 people and 155 were injured. Muslim terror groups were blamed for the incident.
2. Lady Mediatrix Bombing, Feb. 25, 2000
A bus was loaded on the Lady Mediatrix ferry, bound for Ozamiz City. It was already nearing bay when the incendiary bomb exploded. The bomb took the lives of 41 people, with some of them killed on the spot. More than a 100 individuals sustained injuries.
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1. SuperFerry Bombing, Feb. 27, 2004
Cited as the deadliest terrorist attack in the Philippines, a bomb went off onboard the SuperFerry 14. The explosion sank the ship and claimed the lives of 116 people, the highest death toll that resulted from an explosion. Among the dead included six children, who were less than five years old. There were nine children aged between 6 and 16. This number included six children who were on their way to Mindanao to compete in a journalism competition.