Terrorism’s threat has turned into reality once too often in the last two years ─ in the Philippines and elsewhere.
Terrorism has come to our very doorsteps, making its presence felt in no uncertain terms. The World Trade Center Bombing in September 11, 2001 that claimed more than 6,000 lives and injured thousands; the Bali and Manado, Indonesia bombings on October 12, 2002 that resulted in the death of 184 and injury to 327 others; and the Moscow tragedy on October 23, 2002 that caused the death of scores of hostages and the terrorists. Headline-logging incidents that force us to make choices ─ to take action or to cower in fear.
Closer to home, in October 2002, six (6) bombing incidents were recorded: 4 in Zamboanga City, 1 in Kidapawan City, and 1 in Quezon City, killing 18 people and injuring more than 200 others. Two years before, five bomb explosions occurred in Metro Manila on December 30, 2000, four of which transpired within a span of one hour. A total of twelve (12) persons died and sixty-seven (67) others were injured in the blasts.
|Source Institution||Philippine National Police|
|Place of Publication||Quezon City|
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