While our Win-a-Date contest was winding down, news came in via sms that a bus exploded underneath the MRT Ayala Station a little past 7pm. This was just a few minutes after reported explosions in a bus station in Davao and in a shopping mall in General Santos City.
The Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility in what was billed as the worst terrorist attack in the Philippines, possibly bigger than the Rizal DayBombings on the LRT several years ago. Abu Sayyaf senior leader Abu Solaiman read the statement in a radio interview some time after the blasts: "We will find any means to inflict more harm to your people's lives and properties, Allah willing. We will not stop until we get justice for the countless Muslim lives and properties that your people have destroyed. May the almighty Allah punish your nation again through our hands."
Malacanang has already condemned the blasts, calling them "despicable acts." The police and the military are now on the highest alert. But still, hundreds of commuters and people celebrating Valentines Day in Makati are currently stranded because of the gnarled traffic and the suspension of the MRT operations following the blasts.
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