Acts of Terror: two blasts in Iligan City

I call for the government’s and civilian’s immediate action to the most recent acts of terrorism in southern Philippines. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not insinuating that civilians must armed themselves to help fight against terrorists. I am suggesting that each responsible citizen must be vigilant and report immediately any knowledge and information about terrorists and their acts.

First, I pray for the soul of the bombing victims in  Iligan City whose untimely death bring great pain to their family. Secondly, I pray for the victim’s family  that they may find serenity to accept the things they can’t change. No matter what we do, we can’t bring back the life of the victims. But at least giving justice to their unexpected death will already be too much.

The terrorist strikes again! I told my friend Clarence after he sent me message about the Iligan blast.

According to the latest count, two are dead while 47 are injured.

Initial findings indicated the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were crafted out of mortar rounds, which he described as the “signature” of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Inquirer.net reported.

Superintendent Dimacuta Sanggacala, spokesman of the Lanao del Norte police, clarified however, that although they have not identified the perpetrators, these were “acts of terrorist groups.”

We just pray and hope that no other similar incidents will happen in any of Mindanao cities this Christmas.

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SWS: De Castro, Villar, Legarda lead Presidential Aspirants

Noli de Castro

Vice President Noli De Castro is still Filipino’s (according to surveys) favorite to succeed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2010.

According to the result of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2008, De Castro, Senate President Manuel Villar, and Sen. Loren Legarda are among the top favorites for 2010 presidential elections.

SWS asked this question to 1,500 adult Filipino respondents:

Under the present Constitution, the term of Pres. Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed Pres. Arroyo as President? You may give up to three names.

Of the 1,500 respondents, 29% mention Vice-President De Castro, 28% mention Senate President Villar, and 26% mention Sen. Legarda. Respondents of the SWS survey were randomly picked in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Panfilo Lacson  follows Legarda with 17%, then Francis Escudero 16%, and 13% mention both Joseph Estrada and Mar Roxas. See the complete list below:

Noli de Castro 29%
Manny Villar 28%
Loren Legarda 26%
Panfilo Lacson 17%
Francis Escudero 16%
Joseph Estrada 13%
Mar Roxas 13%
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 1%
Bayani Fernando 1%
Antonio Trillanes III 1%
Juan Ponce Enrile 1%
Francis Pangilinan 1%

(Source: Social Weather Stations)

Will this survey already define what the 2010 presidential elections be? Will this can be translated to votes? It is too early to tell.

Presidential aspirants are now beginnign to lubricate their political machineries to surely win in 2010. That is the only thing I am sure of.

What is interesting is respondents’ mention of Estrada and Arroyo which supposed not on the list of 2010 presidential aspirants in 2010. But people still love to recall their names. But recalling them while voting? I doubt.